The Roadblock To Peace In Israel/The Holy Land Is The Pure Hate Of The Palestinians!

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS)

The Roadblock to Peaceful Coexistence

October 27, 2016

Dear Friend of Israel

It was a simple gesture of goodwill. Last week when the mayor of Efrat, a Jewish town not far from Jerusalem, invited Palestinians from surrounding villages to his home to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, it was a chance for Jews and Palestinians to spend time together, discuss their differences in a safe environment, and perhaps take a small step toward peace.

Though, as the Washington Post notes in its account of the event, “the dynamic was a little awkward,” the gathering itself went well. But when the Palestinian guests headed home, and pictures of the event were posted on social media, four of the Palestinians were arrested – by Palestinian security forces.

Why does the idea of Jews and Arabs sitting down together civilly to discuss the possible reconciliation of their differences – or to discuss anything civilly, for that matter – so offend Palestinian leadership that they will order their citizens arrested for doing so? Because it does not fit in with the narrative that Palestinian leadership promotes: that Israel, and Israel alone, is the cause of the Israeli-Arab conflict.

The true story of these arrests was told by a Palestinian security official quoted in The Times of Israel, who spoke on conditions of anonymity: “Any Palestinian cooperation with settlers is viewed as violating the law, as he cooperates with the enemy.” The mayor of Efrat, Oded Revivi, summed it up in human terms: “It is absurd that having coffee with Jews is considered a crime by the Palestinian Authority.”

The four men who were arrested were eventually released. But the damage is done. There’s a lesson to be learned from this sad and tragic event: Palestinian leaders are the roadblock to peace. They have continually turned down Israel’s offers made in goodwill. They have created and have a vested interest in perpetuating the misery of their people. Attempts by Jews living in the West Bank – biblical Judea and Samaria – to foster peaceful coexistence with their Arab neighbors fly in the face of the ultimate goal of Palestinian leadership: a West Bank free of Jewish residents.

The psalmist wrote, “Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:6-7). This is the situation Israel finds herself in today – longing for peace, and willing to make painful concessions to achieve it, but facing an enemy committed to hatred, terror, and bloodshed. Let us pray for the day when Israel has a true partner for peace, and when that peace will cover this entire troubled region of the world.

With prayers for shalom, peace,


Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Founder and President

Pakistan Security Forces Kill 4 Taliban Murderers

(This article is courtesy of CNN News)

Christian neighborhood, courts attacked in Pakistan

Pakistani police officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack at a district court in Mardan.

Story highlights

  • Suicide bombers attack Peshawar and Mardan Friday morning
  • 13 dead in Mardan, one killed on outskirts of Peshawar

Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN)At least 14 people were killed Friday in the latest suicide attacks by a Pakistani Taliban splinter group targeting Christians and lawyers in the country, authorities say.

Both attacks were claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Pakistan’s Tehreek-i Taliban (TTP) — also known as the Pakistani Taliban — which has killed scores of people in previous attacks targeting both groups in the country this year.
In the city of Mardan, in the northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at least 13 people were killed and another 53 injured in an attack at the city’s district courts Friday, District Police Officer Faisal Shehzad told CNN.
The attacker threw a hand grenade at the court gates, then blew himself up after security prevented him from entering, Senior Police Superintendent Shafiullah Khan said.
Four of those killed were lawyers, according to Amir Hussain, the president of the Mardan Bar Association.
There will be three days of mourning, during which time the courts will be shut, Hussain added.

Christian neighborhood attacked

Earlier in the day, a bystander was killed and three members of Pakistan’s security forces injured when suicide bombers struck a Christian neighborhood near Warsak Dam on the outskirts of Peshawar, according to the Pakistan’s military.
Pakistani police previously told CNN that four bystanders were killed and five were injured.
The attackers, four suicide bombers who were also equipped with arms and ammunition, entered the neighborhood after attacking a security guard early Friday morning, Peshawar Police Superintendent Kashif Zulfiqar told CNN.
Security forces responded, exchanging fire and killing the four assailants, according to a statement from the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Public Relations department (ISPR).
A house-to-house search is currently underway and the situation is under control, the ISPR says.

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“We have enhanced the security of Christians establishments, schools, hospitals, colonies and churches,” said Zulfikar.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan congratulated security forces for their prompt response in foiling the attack.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the latest attacks in a statement released by his office.
“These cowardly attacks cannot shatter our unflinching resolve in our war against terrorism,” he said. “These receding elements are showing frustration by attacking our soft targets. They shall not get space to hide in Pakistan.”

Claim of responsibility

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a group known for its bloody tactics aimed at soft targets, claimed responsibility for both attacks in an emailed statement.
“If Islamic law is not imposed across the country, such attacks will continue to be carried out,” the statement said.
The group has been behind devastating attacks in Pakistan this year, including an Easter Sunday attack targeting Christians in the eastern city of Lahore which killed at least 69 people, and ablast at a hospital in the western city of Quetta last month, which killed 72 people, many of them lawyers.

Pakistani soldiers cordon off a street leading to the Christian neighborhood on the outskirts of Peshawar.

Amnesty International’s South Asia director Champa Patel said in a statement that the attackers were “seeking to undermine the rule of law by targeting both the people who defend it in court and the people it should protect.”
The attacks were a “horrific reminder that Pakistan’s authorities must do more to ensure vulnerable groups are protected,” Patel said. “The authorities have a duty to protect the right to life, prevent human rights abuses, and hold perpetrators to account in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty or other human rights violations.”
Christians make up only 2% of Pakistan’s population, and face persecution from hardline Islamists, who want to see a strict interpretation of Islamic law take precedence in Pakistan’s legal system.
Previous attacks on Christians in Pakistan have included a suicide attack in Lahore that killed at least 14 people in March last year, and suicide attacks on a church in Peshawar in 2013 that killed more than 80 people.