Times of Israel reporting (March 7, 2014)
President Mahmoud Abbas
RAMALLAH — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said there is “no way” he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, rebuffing what Palestinians fear will be key elements of a US peace proposal. Abbas’s comments signaled that the gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain wide after seven months of mediation efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry. … Speaking to youth activists of his Fatah party, he suggested he would stand firm again, particularly over the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Read more: Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-no-recognition-of-israel-as-jewish-state/#ixzz2vO5fsc1R
One of the particular difficulties for many non-Muslims is that we hear two stories about Islam. The first is that Islam is a religion of peace. The second is that Islam is a religion of violence; and even if all Muslims are not violent those that believe the Qur’an and follow it believe in using violent means to advance Islam over the world. How do we know which story of Islam is true?
There are two articles below. The first one is a post written by “yours truly” on the anniversary of 9/11, two years prior. ”The Two Sons” post uses identical twin sons in a family as a metaphor to understand how Islam can be composed of both peaceful and violent characteristics, and yet, depending upon the times, one characteristic might prevail over the other.
The second post is written by distinguished
President Mahmoud Abbas, West Bank
Advocate of Non-violent Islam
Middle East expert and Islam specialist and author, Raymond Ibrahim. Mr. Ibrahim’s article discusses the doctrine of “abrogation” in Islam. This doctrine explains how Muslims deal with contradictions in the Qur’an. For example, in one passage the Qur’an states, ”there is no coercion in religion” (Qur’an 2:256). In another passage the Qur’an states, “command believers [Muslims] to fight all non-Muslims till they either convert, or at least submit, to Islam” (8:39, 9:5, 9:29). Which passage prevails? Which are Muslims to follow? The doctrine of abrogation is the doctrine that explains how one passage takes priority over the other, i.e., it “abrogates” the prior. The doctrine is important – because contradictions in the Qur’an are what causes so much confusion (at least to non-Muslims) in understanding the true nature of Islam. Is Islam a religion of peace? Qur’an 2:256 leads us to say “yes.” Is Islam a religion of violence? Does it advocate violence to accomplish Islamic world dominion? Qur’an 8:39, 9:5, 9:29 says it does. Which are we to believe? Raymond Ibrahim’s article will help us understand.
The Two Sons
Islamic Jihad and the Doctrine of Abrogation
Jesus come quickly.
I am sharing an article entitled, “Reading the Obama Interview,” by Alexander H. Joffe, The Times of Israel, March 3, 2014. I received the article via a post on the Middle East Forum. The Joffe article does a thorough job of analyzing President Obama’s interview with Jeff Goldberg of Bloomview.org (3/2/2014) and reading between the lines of Obama’s always-veiled words. In last night’s post on this blog, I looked at the specific issue of the impact of Israel’s building of settlements on occupied areas in Palestinian Territories and how this issue is impacting Israel’s increasing isolation in the world. The Joffe article looks specifically at the words of Obama and what they really mean, particularly in light of the Obama Administration’s strained relationship with its long-time ally.
Here are three posts for additional reading. The second post is the one from last night:
Handwriting on the wall – the nations are gathering against Israel.
Israel – Will her settlements isolate her from the world?
Will the United States stand with the Antichrist or Israel in the end-times?
Jesus come quickly.
President Obama and Jeff Goldberg, Bloomview.org
Pressure is building – on Israel: to negotiate a solution with the Palestinians, a two-state solution – one which provides permanent boundaries for a future Palestinian state alongside a Palestinian-recognized Jewish state; a solution that provides security for the Jewish people, free from bombs launched into their cities or from exploding humans in their midst. For Palestinians, the primary issues include freedom from Israeli “occupation” in a contiguous Israeli-recognized independent Palestinian state as well as a solution for Palestinian refugees, those living in refugee camps and those living outside of Palestine; and, for both sides, the status of the holiest city in the world, Jerusalem, particularly, East Jerusalem, the site of the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Wailing Wall. Will Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel or will it be recognized as the capital of Palestine — or both!
Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova, with late husband
As Russia hosts the next Olympics, its people and the world’s premier athletes and their fans are in a state of “terror panic.” So real is the threat that officials are urging family members of athletes to remain at home. Russia’s Olympic hosting will likely be the first such Olympic games that no one is in the stands except Islamists wearing suicide vests. It seems that Russia has its own ”Osama bin Laden,” and he has declared holy war against Russian leadership and their hosting the Sochi Olympic games. Security has heightened to the point that the United States and other Western nations have joined the Russian security effort. It seems that a very effective weapon used by Islamists against Russia and surrounding regions is the so-called, “black widow cult,” widows of Islamists killed at the hands of Russia police and military who avenge the deaths of their husbands by donning a suicide bomb and triggering the innocent, all to the glory of Allah. The cult is only one part of the mulifacted Islamist group known as the “Caucasus Emirate,” which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Nations and other nations of the world. Its self-declared leader is “Doku Umarov,” a Chechen born Islamist, who for the last dozen or so years has murdered many in Russia in the name of Allah. At one time, he declared a moratorium on civilian attacks in Russia; but with the advent of the Olympics, he has lifted his own moratorium and called on fellow Islamists to disrupt the upcoming Winter Olympics as a holy duty:
Russia’s Osama bin Laden
Dokka Abu Usman
The leader of the group is Doku Umarov [also known by the Arabized name of "Dokka Abu Usman"], a 49-year-old former oil construction engineer turned Islamic war lord and now dubbed the country’s Osama bin Laden. The US government has placed a $5 million bounty on the head of the Chechen-born self-proclaimed emir of a new Muslim state he calls the Caucasus Emirate. Umarov has made a direct threat against the February 7-23 Sochi Games, saying it was his holy duty to prevent them from taking place. (Read more) (Read more).
The Baltimore Sun, January 21, 2014, editorial commentary by CAIR Representative of Maryland, Zainab Chaudry:
Earlier this month, 28-year-old Todd Wheeler Jr. of Glen Burnie [Maryland] was arrested on charges of making explosives. Had they detonated, the radius of the blast could have caused extensive damage, deaths and injuries. Also this month, Ellicott City [Maryland] resident Mohammad Hassan Khalid was scheduled to be sentenced for conspiring to aid terrorists. Mr. Khalid was a bright teenager with a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University at the time of his arrest two years ago. … . There is no easy answer for what compels people like them to venture out on the dark path that leads to destruction, loss of life and prison. But the more important question is: “How can they be stopped?” This requires frank dialogue, and not only examination of factors that promote terrorism, but also our individual and collective roles in preemptive intervention. (Read rest of commentary here)
The publishing house for my self-publish book is going out of business. Stink! I am in the process of trying to locate another “fulfillment house” which will complete all orders of books at retail and internet outlets. In the meantime, I am selling my soft cover at a discount price which is available only here.
This is a very tough time for the authors, employees, and owners of Winepress Publishing, a Christian publishing house for over twenty years. I ask that you pray that God will redeem this loss for the many that are impacted by the closing of Winepress Publishing.