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10,000 flowers sent to Netanyahu . . . . . . . . . . . 10,000 flowers sent to Netanyahu
Obama needs to wake up and smell the roses
Americans stand with Israel
April 02, 2010
Americans are reportedly sending nearly 10,000 yellow roses to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a sign of friendship following what the effort's organizers are calling "the worst treatment from any president in American history."
As WND reported, following a meeting last month in which President Obama walked out on Netanyahu and the Israeli delegation, WND columnist Janet Porter of Faith2Action organized an The Israel Friendship Project to send roses to the prime minister as a show of American support.
Included in each dozen roses is a card that reads, "Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Be encouraged, Americans stand with you. God bless you."
The cards concludes with the biblical verse, "The Lord builds up Jerusalem," from Psalm 147:2.
Now, Porter is reporting, the response has been overwhelming, with nearly 10,000 flowers ready to be delivered by a Jerusalem florist.
"Americans are showing their support for Israel in a fresh, tangible way," said Porter in a statement. "When this historic delivery fills the offices of the prime minister – with friendship flowers on every desk and in every cubicle, the beautiful aroma of friendship may well spill over to the Knesset, Israel's parliament, and to the people of Israel.
"Soon the Prime Minister and all of Israel will know they are not alone: Israel has a beautiful friendship with people in the United States – who will be here long after this administration is gone," she added.
Relations between the U.S. and Israel have been increasingly strained lately, following the Middle East country's announcement of additional construction in east Jerusalem, a step Obama's administration opposes as potentially inflammatory in discussions with the Palestinians.
And though Netanyahu denies any hand in the timing, the announcement's release during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel outraged the Obama administration, which saw the timing as undermining and – in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's words – "insulting" to Biden.
Obama has been demanding Netanyahu freeze any further construction and settlement in east Jerusalem.
In a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference last month, however, Netanyahu rebuffed the president's push.
"Jerusalem is not a settlement. It's our capital," Netanyahu said.
The next day, Netanyahu and a delegation of Israelis met with Obama at the White House, only to watch the president walk out of the meeting, inviting the Israeli leader to remain alone and reconsider his negotiation stance … or get out.
"I'm still around," the daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot quoted Obama as saying, before walking out on the stunned Netanyahu. "Let me know if there is anything new."
Though Israeli newspapers called the events a "humiliation" and an "ambush" by the White House, Netanyahu attempted to smooth over the incident by calling it a disagreement among "friends."
Nonetheless, Porter remained appalled by the president's behavior.
"What was the reason behind the horrendous treatment of the prime minister? Was he funding terrorists? Did he announce plans for the destruction of America?" Porter asked in a statement announcing the Israel Friendship Project. "No, the 'crime' of Israel is they wanted to build homes in the capital of their own nation in which their citizens could live.
"Instead of 'next year in Jerusalem,' Barack Obama apparently wants Israelis to conclude their Passover celebration with the words: 'Next year in only the western part of Jerusalem and only with the Obama administration's permission,'" Porter has since added. "Barack Obama needs to wake up and smell the roses: Americans stand with Israel."
I put the Jerusalem Post writeup on this here
Israel happy to get Christians’ rosesIsrael happy to get Christians’ roses
April 7, 2010
US roses, if they come, will go to Jerusalem hospitals, office says.
The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday denied a report that a gift of 10,000 roses from the United States to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would be rebuffed, due to concerns that US President Barack Obama would be offended.
Last week, there were reports that Florida-based radio host and author Janet Porter was so incensed by what she thought was Obama’s inappropriate behavior toward Netanyahu during the prime minister’s visit to Washington last month, that she called upon her listeners to give Netanyahu yellow roses to symbolize friendship, with each bouquet costing a symbolic price of $19.48.
The response was overwhelming, and Porter contracted with Beit Shemesh-based florist Richard Kovler to deliver the huge amount of flowers after Pessah. But when Kovler contacted the PMO, he reported being put off by officials there.
In response to media inquiries, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a response, saying it “has not received any formal notification concerning the delivery of flowers from well-wishers for the prime minister and if such a shipment of flowers is indeed sent the PMO would be pleased to receive them, of course in accordance with required security procedures.
“In such a situation, the Prime Minister’s Office would donate the flowers to hospitals in Jerusalem.”
Israel Thanks Christian ZionistsIsrael Thanks Christian Zionists
Our true friends
Dan Calic praises Christian Zionists for standing with us, supporting Israel
April 22, 2010
Recently there was an event in Jerusalem called “A Night to Honor Israel.” The event was put on by Christians United for Israel, an organization founded and headed by Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, which has 19,000 members and is passionately pro-Israel.
Pastor Hagee started holding such events around the US back in the early ‘80s. The audiences were lean in those days, but today they are well attended with a significant number of Jews, including Orthodox in the seats.
The events are non-proselytizing, and designed to demonstrate genuine love of the Jewish people by Christians who recognize Jews are G-d’s Chosen People. The invocation at the Jerusalem event was lead by Rabbi Schlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat. Keynote speakers included John Hagee, PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
While certain theological statements made by Pastor Hagee will challenge traditional Jews, his words regarding Israel’s right to exist, and defend itself are absolutely spot on.
Obama would do well to have such an understanding.
With rising international criticism of the Jewish state, events such as this remind us why it is incumbent upon our survival as Jews to recognize who our true friends are, and will be in the end .It is not the Muslims. Even the so-called “moderate” Muslims. For after all they are Muslims, and when the battle lines are drawn they (like us) will not abandon their own people.
Do not be deceived by those who say we all pray to the same god.
After all, the Quran is full of hateful words about our people, such as:
Allah stamped wretchedness upon the Jews because they killed the prophets and disbelieved Allah's revelations. 2:61
Allah turned the Sabbath-breaking Jews into apes. 2:65-66
Jews are the greediest of all humankind. They'd like to live 1000 years. But they are going to hell. 2:96
Don't take Jews or Christians for friends. If you do, then Allah will consider you to be one of them. 5:51
There are no such hateful verses in the Christian Bible.
Have any Muslim leaders created organizations which host events throughout the US and elsewhere imploring people to stand up for Israel and support the Jewish people such as John Hagee and Christians United for Israel has? Not one.
However, there have been a handful of Muslims and former Muslims who have dared to speak in support of Israel, such as Walid Shoebat. Wald is a former Muslim terrorist born and raised in the Middle East who was committed to killing Jews and destroying Israel. However, in 1993 after reading the Bible he realized everything he had ever been taught about Jews, Israel and Christians was a lie. He renounced Islam and Allah, became a Christian and for the past several years has publicly proclaimed his support for Israel and the Jewish people.
The Muslims reacted by issuing death threats against him which require him to keep his residence a secret. In spite of this he continues to boldly expose the dark truth about Islam, which confirms why they do not stand with us now, nor will they stand with us in the end. He is a true friend and deserves our admiration, support and prayers for his safety.
Those who will stand with us will be Christian Zionists such as Pastor John Hagee. Some Jews may say the reason the
Christian Zionists ‘love’ us so much is more about fulfillment of their own eschatology than genuine love and respect for the Jewish people.
While there may be some element of truth to this notion, as a Jew if I have to choose between those willing to stand with us and support our country vs.
those who murder our people, wish to destroy our country and believe in a god who curses us, the choice becomes an easy one.
G-d said to Abraham in Genesis
“I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you.”
Let us work together with those who bless us and support our right to live in the land G-d gave us.