Thursday, March 28, 2013

Perfection

"Perfect in Christ Jesus." - - - Colossians 1:28

Do you not feel in your own soul that perfection is not in you? Does not every day teach you that? Every tear which trickles from your eye, weeps "imperfection"; every harsh word which proceeds from your lip, mutters "imperfection." You have too frequently had a view of your own heart to dream for a moment of any perfection in yourself. But amidst this sad consciousness of imperfection, here is comfort for you--you are "perfect in Christ Jesus."In God's sight, you are "complete in Him;" even now you are "accepted in the Beloved." But there is a second perfection, yet to be realized, which is sure to all the seed. Is it not delightful to look forward to the time when every stain of sin shall be removed from the believer, and he shall be presented faultless before the throne, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing? The church of Christ then will be so pure, that not even the eye of Omniscience will see a spot or blemish in her; so holy and so glorious, that Hart did not go beyond the truth when he said-- 

         ...........,,,.....,,.   "With my Saviour's garments on, Holy as the Holy One."

Then shall we know, and taste, and feel the happiness of this vast but short sentence, "Complete in Christ." Not till then shall we fully comprehend the heights and depths of the salvation of Jesus. Doth not thy heart leap for joy at the thought of it? Black as thou art, thou shalt be white one day; filthy as thou art, thou shalt be clean. Oh, it is a marvellous salvation this! Christ takes a worm and transforms it into an angel; Christ takes a black and deformed thing and makes it clean and matchless in His glory, peerless in His beauty, and fit to be the companion of seraphs. O my soul, stand and admire this blessed truth of perfection in Christ.


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Killing Asia Bibi

Our Christ sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins. 

 ... Our Christ is alive.


Those are some of the words of Asia Bibi, a young wife and mother in Pakistan, who, at the age of 38, was imprisoned for "blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad."  She is currently one of at least sixteen Pakistanis awaiting death by hanging for this crime; another twenty are serving life sentences on identical charges.  This, you must remember, is Sharia law, as practiced by those who claim that "there is no compulsion in religion."  

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That video report is three years old; Asia's "crime" was committed in 2009. Now, after four years in prison, Asia still awaits execution, despite worldwide  pleas for mercy from secular and Christian organizations alike. (A petition for clemency is available for your signature here.) Thus far, such appeals have not visibly moved Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardar, who came to power when his wife, President  Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated by Al-Qaeda for being (a) female and (b) insufficiently servile to the followers of Muhammad.


Of course, there is no room for secularism, Christianity, or even mercy in any Islamic state.  In 2011, the Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was also assassinated by Muslims (not Al-Qaeda this time; simply normal, "faithful" Muslims) for daring to speak out against Asia Bibi's treatment.

If Asia Bibi dies, she will simply join the ranks of women (and men) who have died in the name of the absurd desert idol known as "Allah."  This is hardly "news;" it is simply the way of "Allah."  The followers of Muhammad know no other way, for their only real gods are hatred and death.

If you're a believer in the one true God, Jesus Christ, keep this woman and her family in your prayers. If you're an American, think of her as you prepare your Federal tax returns: U.S. financial aid to Pakistan runs to the billions of dollars.

"The Religion of Peace:" look for it soon in your neighborhood.

Friday, March 15, 2013

On Your Guard

"I will take heed to my ways." 
--Psalm 39:1

Fellow-pilgrim, say not in your heart, "I will go hither and thither, and I shall not sin;" for you are never so out of danger of sinning as to boast of security. The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitch; you will need to watch often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean. There is a robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your jewels; there is a temptation in every mercy; there is a snare in every joy; and if you ever reach Heaven, it will be a miracle of divine grace to be ascribed entirely to your Father's power. Be on your guard. When a man carries a bomb-shell in his hand, he should mind that he does not go near a candle; and you too must take care that you enter not into temptation. Even your common actions are edged tools; you must mind how you handle them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian's piety, but everything to destroy it. How anxious should you be to look up to God, that He may keep you! Your prayer should be, "Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe." Having prayed, you must also watch; guarding every thought, word, and action, with holy jealousy. Do not expose yourselves unnecessarily; but if called to exposure, if you are bidden to go where the darts are flying, never venture forth without your shield; for if once the devil finds you without your buckler, he will rejoice that his hour of triumph is come, and will soon make you fall down wounded by his arrows. Though slain you cannot be; wounded you may be. "Be sober; be vigilant, danger may be in an hour when all seemeth securest to thee." Therefore, take heed to thy ways, and watch unto prayer. No man ever fell into error through being too watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide us in all our ways, so shall they always please the Lord.

- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Pollard Petition

From the newspaper Israel Hayom:

Congress and Knesset jointly 
urge Obama to release Pollard

With U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Israel mere weeks away, MK Danny Danon and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have initiated a joint petition urging the release of the Israeli spy.

A joint initiative by Knesset members and the U.S. Congress is calling on President Barack Obama, scheduled to visit Israel in a few weeks, to secure the release of imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in time to bring the news to Israel personally on his visit.
 
The two politicians behind the initiative, Israeli MK Danny Danon (Likud-Beytenu) and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, met on Thursday to discuss the joint endeavor. They agreed to involve both Israel's and the U.S.'s legislatures in a petition to be submitted to Obama before his trip.


During their meeting, Danon told Huckabee that he hoped "the signatures of Knesset and Congress members on the petition will help Obama make the courageous, but necessary decision to free Pollard once and for all."

Huckabee, who is currently visiting Israel, is a popular figure in the U.S. He vied for the presidency in 2008 but failed to win the Republican party nomination; he also hosts a weekly television program on Fox News.

President Shimon Peres is also expected to raise the issue of Pollard's release in a meeting with leading U.S. senators this week.

Jonathan and Esther Pollard

©Israel Hayom.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

News of the Day 3.13.13

Although this is not a news blog, it seems appropriate to recap today's most important  items.  Never mind Yahoo News or Al Jazeera or the New York Times: here's all you need to know about this particular day in history: the Top Ten Stories, you might say.

1.  The sovereign State of Mississippi has enacted a law barring counties and towns from limiting the amount of sugary carbonated drinks in restaurants and other public places, or keeping small toys from "kid meals" at fast-food restaurants. The so-called "Anti-Bloomberg Bill" awaits the Governor's signature, which is expected soon.

2.  In a related item, the Hostess Company, having filed for Chapter 11 protection in bankruptcy court, has accepted a $410 million buyout bid, so that Twinkies will be available again within a matter of months.


3.   Mr. Stubbs, an alligator in Arizona (who knew that there were alligators in Arizona?), has a new prosthetic tail, having had his original tail bitten off by a surly companion.

4.  Canadian donut shop Tim Hortons is updating the bacon items on its menu.

5.  Street construction will commence Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 28th Street, from Rossville Boulevard to Dodds Avenue.

6.  Senate Bill 225, introduced this month in the Nevada Senate, would make the blue Weimaraner the official state dog.


7.  Bernard Hopkins, 48, has announced that he intends to keep fighting after his victory on March 9 over 30-year-old Tavoris Cloud, in which he became the oldest fighter in history to win a championship (IBF Light Heavyweight).

8.   In other sports news, scientific research has shown that germs are often spread between participants in roller derby games.


9. In Kingshill, Swindon (U.K.), an Aston-Martin automobile worth £180,000 was totalled by a pink Vauxhall Corsa worth £500.

10.  In Rome, Italy, a Baalite usurper from Argentina replaced another Baalite imposter from Germany as head of the world's largest "church," and the most evil institution in human history.

Just another day.....


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Muslims burn Christian homes

Once again, followers of "the religion of peace," who proclaim that "there is no compulsion in religion," have demonstrated their true beliefs, by attempting to burn out a community of Christians in Lahore, Pakistan.  According to France 24 International News, as many as 160 homes and businesses owned by Christians were torched yesterday by a mob of over 3,000 Mohammedans, all because a young Christian man had allegedly made remarks disparaging the "prophet" Muhammad.  According to the report:

"Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97 percent of the population are Muslims, and allegations of insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammed can prompt violent outbursts of public anger, even when unproven. The laws came under the international spotlight in August last year when 14-year-old Christian girl Rimsha Masih was held for three weeks in a high security prison for allegedly burning pages from the Koran." (emphasis added)

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In fairness, it must be noted that government and police officials strongly denounced the mob action.  Whether prosecution and punishment will result remains to be seen.

This is the true  face of Islam, and the followers of that ghastly "religion" never tire of showing it.  Apart from the government officials directly involved, "moderate Muslims" throughout the world remain strangely silent on this latest outrage.

Note to Mohammedans: You already know this, but it bears repeating.  If you want to insult Jesus Christ, Who is not merely a Christian "Prophet" but is, in fact, God Almighty, we Christians won't attack you.  We won't burn your houses or rape your women.  If you want to insult the One True God, go right ahead: help yourselves!  You can discuss the matter with your Creator when you stand before Him in judgment, and behold the holes in His hands and feet.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Bulletin! America nukes Vietnam!

No, you didn't hear about it on the news.  The filthy Western infidels only showed you images of Americans fleeing the United States Embassy in Saigon, as the Viet Cong marched in.  But now that the followers of Muhammad have established a worldwide media presence, the truth can be told: America dropped a nuclear bomb on Vietnam!  After they'd won the war! Yikes!  Does Trương Tấn Sang, the current President of Vietnam, know about this?  Has anyone alerted the United Nations?  In any case, it must be true, because here is an honorable and pious Egyptian "cleric" telling us so, and we all know that Muslims never lie:

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Did you get that?  That was an Egyptian imam: the same Egypt now ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Barack Obama recently sent $250 million in American aid, even while "cutting vital services" at home during the so-called "Sequestration." The Right Reverend Mazen Al-Sarsawi, however, almost makes Obama look like an honest man by comparison.

But Al-Sarsawi's babbling about the history of Vietnam, which is merely amusing, pales beside his duplicity and mendacity as he intones that most flagrant of Islamic lies, "There is no compulsion in religion."  Although non-Muslims are "infidels" and "dogs," he says, "We ask a person nicely to convert."

That, presumably, is what these barbarian swine are doing to the American pastor, Saeed Abedini, now imprisoned in an Iranian jail, being pressured to deny his faith, under threat of execution.

You can mark it down as one of this world's most certain verities: Muslims never tell the truth about religious or political matters.  A true Muslim would climb a tree to tell a lie, when he could stay on the ground and tell the truth.


 America's victory in Vietnam, 1975

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Who do you trust?

"lt is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man." - - - Psalm 118:8 

Doubtless the reader has been tried with the temptation to rely upon the things which are seen, instead of resting alone upon the invisible God. Christians often look to man for help and counsel, and mar the noble simplicity of their reliance upon their God. Does this portion meet the eye of a child of God anxious about temporals, then would we reason with him awhile. You trust in Jesus, and only in Jesus, for your salvation, then why are you troubled? "Because of my great care." Is it not written, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord"? "Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication make known your wants unto God." Cannot you trust God for temporals? "Ah! I wish I could." If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust Him for spirituals? Can you trust Him for your soul's redemption, and not rely upon Him for a few lesser mercies? Is not God enough for thy need, or is His all-sufficiency too narrow for thy wants? Dost thou want another eye beside that of Him who sees every secret thing? Is His heart faint? Is His arm weary? If so, seek another God; but if He be infinite, omnipotent, faithful, true, and all-wise, why gaddest thou abroad so much to seek another confidence? Why dost thou rake the earth to find another foundation, when this is strong enough to bear all the weight which thou canst ever build thereon? Christian, mix not only thy wine with water, do not alloy thy gold of faith with the dross of human confidence. Wait thou only upon God, and let thine expectation be from Him. Covet not Jonah's gourd, but rest in Jonah's God. Let the sandy foundations of terrestrial trust be the choice of fools, but do thou, like one who foresees the storm, build for thyself an abiding place upon the Rock of Ages. 


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Feet

Do you ever think about your feet?  I don't mean those times when you trim your toenails, or need to buy a new pair of shoes.  I mean, have you ever thought about what your feet mean?  That may seem like a strange question ... but did you know that God thinks about our feet, and that He has quite a bit to say about them in His word?

Of course, God has a lot to say about various parts of our bodies, because we're all concerned with them, and the Bible is a very practical Book.  But it seems that the more you read it, the more the subject of our feet keeps cropping up .... and what God has to say isn't very flattering!  It's not that He finds our feet disgusting or repellent; after all, He designed us, and we're "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).  It's what we do with our bodies, and our feet, that God is concerned with.

Here's an example. In the Book of Proverbs, written as advice to a young man, there's a warning against a certain kind of woman. We're all familiar with this woman, and young men are acutely aware of her: some would call her a seductress, or a "party girl," or simply a slut.  God calls her a "strange" woman, because she's so different from what He intended her to be. And notice what God says about her: For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell (Proverbs 5:3-5). In another chapter, He adds, She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house (Proverbs 7:11). God doesn't describe the woman's attractive figure, or her glistening eyes: He mentions her mouth, and her feet - - - and where her feet are taking her and her "partners."


But it's not only the "strange woman" who God is watching.  She's just a human being like the rest of us .... which means she's a sinner like the rest of us.  How does God view the human race, in its fallen, unreconciled state?  He describes men and women by talking about their bodies:

 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Romans 3:10-12). Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness (Romans 3:13, 14): our throats (where our voices come from) are no good.  Our tongues are no good; they're full of lies.  Our lips are no good: they're hiding poison. Our mouths are no good: they're full of cursing and bitterness. There is no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18).  Our eyes are no good: we don't even fear God in the things we choose to look at. Their feet are swift to shed blood (Romans 3:15).  God doesn't seem to have a very high opinion of unsaved humanity, does He?  Of course, this is the God of the Bible we're talking about: not the all-tolerant Santa Claus "God" that the "popular" preachers talk about.  That's why they're popular, by the way: they're smooth, and sweet, and make you feel good about yourself.  There's money in it.



Obviously, God isn't only concerned with the "strange woman" mentioned above.  Women are no worse than men in this respect.  And God has a lot to say about the feet of the unsaved man, too:  A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord (Proverbs 6:12-14). Isn't that interesting?  The "naughty" man (and in the Bible, "naughty" doesn't mean "cute and mischievous;" the verse defines the word as synonymous with "wicked") actually walks with his mouth, and speaks with his feet. (You don't need the "original Hebrew" to know what "froward" means.  Webster's 1828 English Dictionary defines "froward" as "Perverse, that is, turning from, with aversion or reluctance; not willing to yield or comply with what is required; unyielding; ungovernable; refractory; disobedient; peevish; as a froward child.") If the man walks with his mouth and talks with his feet, is he built upside down?  No, that's simply the way we function.  The things we say often reveal where we really want to go, or to what we want to do; and the places we go, the ways we walk, speak volumes about our desires and intentions.  God doesn't just disapprove of this man's actions; God hates them: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).  So, in addition to the list given in Romans, we see that our hands and our hearts are no better than the rest of our bodies.



God says that our feet are "swift to shed blood, and swift in running to mischief."  You may not be a killer or a thief, but you've "run to mischief" plenty of times .... and you know it.  I certainly know that I have.  And, as we know to our sorrow, thousands and millions of men are literally "running to shed blood:" whether it's a race riot in Los Angeles, or a Muslim terror attack somewhere.



As if that weren't enough, our feet, symbolizing our behaviour, are unreliable, and help us get into trouble, even when we think we're strong, and in command of things.   Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare (Job 18:5-8).  You might say, "But I'm not wicked! I'm no worse than anybody else!"  Perhaps, but you're no better than anybody else, either: remember, There is none righteous, no, not one.  You may be a fine, upstanding person in your own sight ... but we're talking about how your Creator sees you.  If you think you're "sinless," or without fault, perhaps we could ask your oldest friends ... or one of your siblings ... or your spouse.  He or she knows better!

Well, what about Jesus?  Wasn't He a man, too?  Doesn't this apply to Him?  Yes, He was certainly human: He got tired (John 4:6); He got thirsty (John 4:7, John 19:28); and His feet got dirty, just like yours and mine (Luke 7:37, 38).  But Jesus is also God, and was God when He walked on this earth.  When there was a storm at sea, His feet walked on the water: a miracle that is recorded not once, not twice, but three times in the Bible (Matthew 14, Mark 6, and John 6).  He was a Man ... but those were God's feet.


God looked down from Heaven, and saw what His creation had become, through disobedience and sin.  And so, He came to earth to offer salvation to those who were willing to be saved.  He became a Man ... because He loved us, and wanted to save us.  And after all the miracles, and the kindness, and the love, what happened to His feet?  Why, you know the answer.  We drove a spike through them.  

 
That's how man treats God.  He comes to save us ... and we torture Him to death.  The Jewish religious leaders may have instigated it, and the Roman soldiers did the actual deed, but we all had a part in it.  Christ died for us.

 
But He didn't stay dead; three days after He had been pronounced dead, by professional executioners, He arose from the grave, and made victory over death possible for us all.  Because His feet were human ... and Divine.

Finally, Jesus' feet are royal feet.  He was "King of the Jews" the first time He came, but when He returns, He'll be Monarch over the entire world.  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him (Hebrews 2:8). Not now .... but later.  And probably pretty soon.  Again: Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet (Psalm 8:6).  That verse has dual application: it's talking about the human race in general, but it's also a prophetic reference to Jesus Christ.
 
Feet.  They may not seem very important, and we may take them for granted.  But to the One Whose feet were pierced for our sins (Isaiah 53:5), they're very significant ... and they tell the most important story you'll ever hear.

What a God!  What a Saviour!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Christian refugees get the Obama boot

The Obama administration, having been happily and mindlessly endorsed by the American people in November, is now gleefully continuing toward its carefully-charted rendezvous with tyranny.  This time, the administration's agenda is being enforced by Eric Holder's Department of Justice, which is attempting to deport a German family who came to the United States for the purpose of homeschooling their children. From World magazine:

Christian homeschoolers losing deportation fight

By Mary Jackson Posted Feb. 13, 2013

A family homeschooling safely in rural Tennessee may be forced to return to their native Germany, where the parents likely face huge fines and criminal penalties, and could lose custody of their five school-age children.

 Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are looking to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to give them permanent refugee status. But Attorney General Eric Holder is disputing their case, arguing Germany's ban on homeschooling fails to violate the family's fundamental rights. 
 

The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 after authorities fined them thousands in euros and forcibly took their children because they homeschool. In 2010, a U.S. immigration judge granted the Romeikes political asylum—the first time this status was granted based on compulsory schooling laws. The judge found the family has legitimate fear of persecution in Germany, where a small group of Christian homeschooling families have already been jailed, fined, and stripped of their children. 

 But the Department of Homeland Security immediately disputed the judge's decision. Last May, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) sided with the government. It may take up to a year for a circuit court ruling, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which is representing the Romeikes.  

 That gives the family another year to freely educate their children. At a German public school, the children were bullied for their Christian beliefs. The Romeikes found school textbooks filled with inappropriate content. Still, Uwe says, "We knew that homeschooling would not be an easy journey." The Romeikes came to the U.S. when "all other doors seemed to close."  

 In Tennessee, Uwe teaches piano while the children play basketball and take science classes at a local co-op. Uwe says the uncertainty they face now hardly compares to the fear of "waking up with the police at your front door, there to take your children … not knowing if you will ever get them back." 

 The Romeike's case has far-reaching implications: "Our own government is attempting to send [them] back," said HSLDA's Michael Farris. "Something important is being said about our own liberties as American homeschoolers."

—with reporting by Mary Reichard



Of course, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security, can't be expected  to busy themselves with the religious rights of refugees or immigrants to the United States.  They're too busy ....fighting terrorism? No.  Securing the borders?  Don't be naive.  They're too busy insuring the rights of "gay" immigrants.  From the San Francisco Gate:

"Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has officially clarified that the same-sex partners and spouses of U.S. citizens are eligible for relief under the Obama administration’s new policy of putting a lower priority on certain deportation cases.

"The action was a response to a letter from Congress led by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who for years has crusaded for immigration relief for same-sex couples. Heterosexual immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens are allowed to apply for immigration rights that are denied to same-sex couples under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act."

And that's life in the United States of America in 2013.  If you're "gay," you're good.  If you're Christian ... go home.  You're not wanted here. And you may be sure that, on the day they return to Germany, the Romeilkes will face prosecution, and very likely the loss of their children to the state.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20) 


 (Grateful appreciation to World magazine for use of the above story.)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The U.N. vs. Israel

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, speaking at a United Nations conference in Vienna (comically termed "An Alliance of Civilizations"), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered another of his bizarre and hysterical denunciations of Israel, saying at one point that Zionism is a “crime against humanity.”  This was a bit over the top, even for the assembled U.N. onlookers - - - aren't Zionists part of humanity? - - -  and was particularly uncomfortable for Secretary of State John Kerry, who hemmed and hawed for a while, then muttered that the remark was "objectionable," and that the Obama Administration doesn't endorse Erdoğan's choice of words. (Kerry was being disingenuous, of course, in that Obama's is the most anti-Israel administration in American history; but diplomats aren't supposed to endorse that sort of language.) However, it did not dissuade him from making a diplomatic stop in Turkey.  The subject is likely to be raised later this month when President Obama finally elects to visit Israel.

But in truth, Erdoğan's sentiments, if not his words, were entirely representative of the United Nations' attitudes toward Israel, as explained in this video, from the ever-sensible Dennis Prager:

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