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And you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share the nourishing sap from the olive root, Romans 11 v17

The Christian's roots in Israel

shared with the Jews

The  "Old Testament" of the Christian Bible is the Jewish Tanakh, and the "New Testament" is built on these Jewish scriptures.   
Why do some Christians dislike and ignore the Old Testament ?

Jesus is a Jew. He was born, lived and died as a Jew. He was born King of the Jews and died King of the Jews.
How can some Christians say,   "I don't like Jews" ?

Jesus taught as a Jewish Rabbi.
Why do many try and understand his teaching using Greek philosophy?

We are familiar with the Christian holidays.  
Why don't we understand the Jewish feasts and holy days that Jesus celebrated ?

God promised the patriarchs of Israel, "He who blesses you, I will bless and he who curses you, I will curse." 
Why do so few Christians support Israel and the Jews in informed prayer ?

Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem
How can Christians side with those seeking to destroy Israel and seize Jerusalem? 

In these pages we look at what went wrong, the good things we are missing, the way things should be, and how Israel and the Jews are key to world events as they unfold, in these end-times .

This website explores the relationship between Christianity and Judaism  (the Jewish faith), including Messianic Judaism.   It explains the Jewish roots of Christianity, and the continuity of revelation and worship through Jewish and into Christian scriptures.   It looks forward, with the Jews, to the  coming  of their Messiah and ours.   It is possible to span the gulf that opened over the centuries by realizing where we stand.   The apostle Paul likened  non Jewish Christians to wild olive branches grafted into the cultivated olive tree of Israel.   Since this is the basis of our acceptance by the God of Israel,  wildolive  explores the implications of this relationship.

The Messianic Seal  -  this version is the original work of wildolive.co.uk but free for use under the GNU Free Documentation LicenseAn understanding of Hebrew and Jewish culture, tradition, faith and worship can add so much to even familiar Bible stories and  celebrations.   

This was nearly all lost due to replacement theology so we look at all the Jewish Feasts and their relevance and importance for the Christian.

We want to see how much can be recovered, and how we Christians can draw nourishment from our Jewish roots.

The unfolding of God's purposes in World History centres around Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.  The Christian can not afford to ignorantly follow the prevailing world-view of events in the "Middle East" and side with those who oppose God's purposes and the people He chose to bring salvation to the world.    We need to understand and act upon "the signs of the times" revealed in Israel, so we look at the politics and media coverage of Israel and the forces ranged against her.

We seek to draw practical conclusions for ways the Christian can be in God's will concerning these matters, and to point the way to the many resources which are available for those who seek to draw from their roots in God's olive tree.

Healing

Awareness of the importance of Israel is not the only thing that much of the church has lost. Healing is an important part of the Gospel that few Christians believe in, having become more sophisticated and educated in the world's wisdom. See also Unbelief.

 

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Please note - Whilst this section is about what is changing, temporary and political, the ministry of wildolive is primarily about the spiritual, eternal truth of the Bible and the Gospel. This news is provided as prayer information for Christians (and Jews)

Why Should we bother about Israel and Gaza ?

Does the war in Gaza affect YOU? Why should you care? Powerful short interview clearly outlines why freedom-loving people should care: Hamas's PR war is religiously motivated not to gain Palestinian sovereignty but to attack Israel as the West's outpost. The media is misrepresenting Israel as engaging in war crimes while US taxpayers aid Hamas terrorists to fight our ally.

Find this on You Tube and share it ! www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvI2VRpIbSI

Israel

Another common sense view

 

Operation Protective Edge

Israel's counter-offensive to ongoing rocket fire by terrorists in the Gaza Strip. This operation is not retaliation for the killing of the three teenagers, as some have inferred, but to stop the ongoing rocket attacks from Hamas. (The murders and the upsurge in rocket fire roughly co-incided - as Hamas effectively took over the Palestinian Unity Government and went to war)

The information below is only the latest news and will be displaced from this page. However, a summary is being compiled on Gaza 2014.

History of Gaza new page with access to all Gaza pages.

 

Why the ground incursion into Gaza ?

Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub writes in the Independent - A Tale of two Gazas

"how does Israel confront the Gaza of below, without causing unnecessary anguish to the Gaza of above?" - When the clear strategy of Hamas is to locate itself within the civilian population, it is agonising to resolve.

There are two Gazas.

The first Gaza is the Gaza of the Palestinian people; of men, women and children who wish to work, play and live in peace; the Gaza we see on our TV screens; today a place of genuine pain and suffering.

The second Gaza, is a subterranean Gaza. It is a web of hundreds of fortified tunnels, constructed for smuggling weapons and cross border attacks. It is a massive complex of thousands of storage basements and bunkers, below schools and mosques, filled with tens of thousands of launchers and missiles, whether short-range rockets constructed in Gaza, with electricity provided by Israel's power plant in Ashkelon, or long-range weapons shipped in from Iran on boats, like the KLOS-C intercepted by Israel earlier this year. It is a network of terrorist leaders, many trained alongside Hezbollah and other terrorists in Iran, now returned, taking up their cowardly positions in command centres within and below the heart of civilian areas, and most cynically of all in the basement of Shifa, Gaza's central hospital.

It is from this second Gaza, this Gaza of below, that over 1000 rockets have been fired on Israel in the past week, over 11,000 since Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. As the number of missiles has risen, so has their range, so that today more than 3.5 million Israelis are within reach, and must live their lives within seconds of bomb shelters.

Rockets since start of conflict - 1,705

Hamas terrorists have fired at least 1,705 rockets out of an estimated stockpile of approximately 10,000, according to the IDF, indicating there is a long way to go to defeat the terrorist threat.

Iron Dome has an 86% success rate.

(11,000 rockets fired at Israel since 2005, when Israel pulled out of Gaza)

Many cities targetted and/or hit - Hamas are obviously using more sophisticated and more powerful rockets; not what the media called "home made rockets." Rockets

Hamas rockets have hit Gaza over 100 times in 9 days.

You can now have an app for your iPhone to alert you to every rocket fired, so that you can pray. Downloads here (some doubt about security vulnerabilities)

 

News

20 missiles found in UN-run school in Gaza

Some 20 rockets were found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the organization confirmed Thursday. They handed them back to Hamas.

Arab World Hopes Israel Continues Operation and Destroys Hamas

Why is Israel at war with Hamas?

Ambassador to the UN explains

War Crimes ?

Palestinian envoy to the UNHRC

Honest Reporting cover many issues - here

 

IDF Aircraft Calls Off Strikes to Protect Gazan Civilians

 

Hamas spokesman encourages use of Human Shields

 

 

Update from Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Includes graphical information on Rockets fired at Israel and Humanitarian Aid supplied from Israel. - Here

 

BICOM Daily updates

Whilst Operation Protective Edge continues, BICOM will be providing subscribers with the  daily bulletin on the situation. For updates throughout the day please follow BICOM's Twitter feed @britainisrael. Join the mailing list here www.webelieveinisrael.org.uk

(Back after a week away)

Day 23: Key Developments

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Death toll analysis

Data published by Al Jazeera on Monday shows that in its ongoing operation in Gaza Israel killed mainly combatant-age males, not women or children, according to CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, contradicting media reports that tried to paint Israel’s Operation Protective Edge as indiscriminately killing civilians.

In a study published on Monday, CAMERA said that a close read of the data “shows that, as in past hostilities, the fatalities are disproportionately [compared to the overall population] among young males, which corresponds with the characteristics of combatants. Males over 40 years old are also disproportionately represented. Some of the fatalities in those over 40 years of age likely represent senior members of terrorist organizations.”

CAMERA based its conclusions on comparing the data of 150 men and 20 women reported to have been killed to the broader population make up in Gaza, where men and woman each account for 50 per cent of the population and the median age is 15 years old.

“Notably, only about 12 percent of the total fatalities are female, though females make up half the population,” CAMERA said. “Also, the median age of Gazans is reported to be around 15. Males under 15 make up just 13 percent of the total fatalities even though they represent half of all males in the Gaza Strip.”

Whole www.algemeiner.com article here

 

Hamas - how to use Social Media

www.memri.org

In light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders.Hamas Interior Ministry

To Social Media Activists: Always Call The Dead 'Innocent Civilians'; Don't Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population Centers

The ministry's guidelines, which it is calling the "Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign," were issued via an instructional video posted on its official website and via posters published on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

Hamas particularly seeks to cement the perceptions that its actions are a response to Israeli aggression and that all Gaza casualties are "innocent civilians," and to ensure that there is no evidence of rockets being fired from Gaza population centers.

Following are excerpts from the guidelines:

"Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

"Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.'

"Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation's version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.

"Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.

"To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: 'The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza'..."

Additionally, the interior ministry prepared a series of suggestions specifically for Palestinian activists who speak to Westerners via social media. The ministry emphasizes that conversations with them should be conducted differently from conversations with other Arabs. It stated:

"When speaking to the West, you must use political, rational, and persuasive discourse, and avoid emotional discourse aimed at begging for sympathy. There are elements with a conscience in the world; you must maintain contact with them and activate them for the benefit of Palestine. Their role is to shame the occupation and expose its violations.
"Avoid entering into a political argument with a Westerner aimed at convincing him that the Holocaust is a lie and deceit; instead, equate it with Israel's crimes against Palestinian civilians.
"The narrative of life vs. the narrative of blood: [When speaking] to an Arab friend, start with the number of martyrs. [But when speaking] to a Western friend, start with the number of wounded and dead. Be sure to humanize the Palestinian suffering. Try to paint a picture of the suffering of the civilians in Gaza and the West Bank during the occupation's operations and its bombings of cities and villages.

 

The Obama connection

By Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst

President Barack Obama's failed foreign policy can be blamed for a significant part of the situation today in Israel. His administration's embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign policy partner in the Middle East and the shift away from supporting Israel to supporting Islam has created an unstable and hostile environment throughout the Middle East.

The list of U.S.-supported Islamic efforts from Libya to Egypt to Tunisia to Syria and many places in between has emboldened terrorist agents such as the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS and Hamas. American dollars have been invested in many of these organizations and their offshoots, further destabilizing the region.

The President's "New Beginnings" speech in Cairo, Egypt, on June 4, 2009, was indeed a new beginning as representatives of the banned Muslim Brotherhood were invited to the speech against the wishes of Egypt's leadership. The speech signaled the new U.S. administration's intent to embrace Islam.

Some 18 months later, revolution spread across the region. By December 2013, rulers were forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. There were civil uprisings and protests in Bahrain, Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Sudan, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia and, notably, in the territories within Israel inhabited by the "Palestinians."

Today, the Hamas-controlled failure of a Palestinian state in Gaza rains missiles down on Israel by the hundreds. There is no mainstream media connecting that fateful June 2009 "New Beginnings" speech with the events in Israel today.

The Muslim Brotherhood, however, was the founder of Hamas and is deeply connected with many terrorist organizations, some of which still exist in Israel as part of the Palestinian movement. They are allied with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. The support by this White House of the Muslim Brotherhood and its rampage of revolution across the Middle East has emboldened, perhaps even enabled, Hamas to attack Israel.

 

Israel's enemies

Iran

Iran's state-run Press TV announced that Russia will soon begin construction of two new nuclear power plants in the Islamic Republic, next to the existing plant in the city of Bushehr.

Iran is still the number one threat to Israel - - see also Understanding the Times

 

 

Since the "Arab Spring"

Iraq and the ISLAMIC STATE

As Iraq appeared to be disintegrating into factional fighting, a new Sunni Islam faction arose.

Originally calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) but called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) by the UK media. It now calls itself Islamic State.

Fighters for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State have taken nearly half of Iraq.

An unverified statement from Islamic State militants on Twitter claimed to have executed 1,700 prisoners, before it posted gruesome pictures of groups of apparently executed men.

Islamic State has issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul. The ruling will come into effect on Saturday.
It said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a "dhimma" contract - a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as "jizya".

See Gulf War III ? - See also Persecution

Syria

See Syria

Syria becoming part of a wider war as the ex Al Quaeda fighters, become ISIL and spread the conflict wider - along Sunni - Shia lines. - Gulf War III ?

Death Toll in Syria - 160,000 to 170,000

Last week, (end of July) 700 people died in two days in Syria, in what has been described as the deadliest 48-hour period in the country since its conflict began more than four years ago. And 1,700 are reported to have died in the last seven days, in one of the worst weeks on record.

As the global spotlight shifted to Gaza, the past month has been particularly brutal in Syria. Why? Experts cite a bloody fight between Assad forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for control of the large Shaar gas field, east of Homs; an increased regime offensive in Aleppo; and clashes between ISIS, which is rapidly consolidating its territory in the east, and rebel factions like Jabhat al-Nusra.

Read the whole story at Syria Deeply

 

Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood is showing the world its true colors," "The group that 'renounced violence' in an effort to gain political power is engaged but now The-muslim-brotherhoods-war-on-egypts-christians

The government appears to be in favour of Israel destroying Hamas, for their part in the Muslim Brotherhood's takeover in Egypt. It has been observed that the cease fire deal that Egypt proposed involved a humiliating defeat for Hamas, that they would reject so that Israel could finish the job of destroying Hamas.

Libya

Full scale civil war looks likely.

New evidence reveals that jihadi entities, such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia (ASL), are holding training camps in Libya. Al-Wasat, an academic/policy research blog, reported that credible sources within Libya have confirmed such camps exist.

Jordan

Now being threatened by ISIS / ISIL.

Jordan has lost control over much of its territory. Western intelligence sources said Jordan has become a hub for rebel operations against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

 

Lebanon

Rockets fired into Israel - Not by Lebanon or Hizbollah; they say. As the lebanon government does nothing to restrain Hezbollah, Israel has stated that provocative actions will be treated as emanating from Lebanon, and responses will be against Lebanon.

 

What now?

The long running Roadmaps, the Oslo Accords and Two State solutions all appear stalled, so what must be done now?

What will Israel do?

If the Two State Solution is dead, will Israel consider Caroline Glick's The Israeli Solution

This book provides an excellent explanation of how the current situation came about - which will be essential to understanding how the policies might backtrack to an earlier status. (pre Oslo?)

What Now? - Gulf War III ? - Iraq Crisis

 

New Pages on wildolive

Gaza's Terror Tunnels - 30/07/14 - the costs and strategy

History of Gaza new page by Ron Cantor - with access to all Gaza pages.

Gulf War III ? - 16/06/14 - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

What Now ? - 09/06/14 - The Roadmaps, Oslo and Two State solutions all appear stalled, so what must be done now?

Blood Libel 2014 ? 31/05/14 - the "Nakba Day shooting"

Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 - 21/03/14 - observations

Evangelicals against Israel - 05/03/14 - A worrying, downward trend, analysed by Dexter Van Zile

Assimilation 29/12/13 Is it just a Jewish question?

 

Updated Pages

Walls around the World - 30/07/14 - to include the Pale of Settlement

Persecution - 05/07/14 - review of present day persecution plus Biblical view

Two State / One State Solution? - 13/05/14 - New Book recommendation

Revelation - 12/05/14 - New book recommendation

Who are the Palestinians? - 31/03/14 - interesting picture.

My Denomination - BMS - 28/03/14 - More anti-Israel articles in BMS magazine

Islam - 04/03/14 - Somali Piracy and slavery

International Law 03/01/2014 - US and PA in breach over terrorist release pressure

Nuclear Iran 03/01/14

 

Web Site last Updated - 19/07/14 - History of Gaza new page by Ron Cantor - with access to all Gaza pages.

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