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“Son of Hamas” speaks out against the radical Islamic terror group of which he was once a top operative. Calls Hamas a “cancer” that “worships death.” Video of CNN interview. Audio of radio interview.

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2014 at 5:12 am
Mosab Hassan Yousef, interviewed on July 24th on CNN.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, interviewed on July 24th on CNN.

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the eldest son of one of the founders of Hamas, Sheik Hassan Yousef, the spiritual leader of the organization on the West Bank.

As a youth, Mosab was arrested by the Israelis for involvement in terrorism.

In prison, he came to realize the true evil of Hamas.

In time, he renounced Islam, chose to become a follower of Jesus, and became a double agent for the Israeli secret services (Shin Bet) working to thwart Hamas terror attacks.

Later, he emigrated to the United States where he wrote a best-selling book, “Son of Hamas,” warning about the dangerous of Hamas and telling his own journey out of Radical Islam.

Now, with Hamas engaged in a brutal, deadly war with Israel, Mosab — a remarkably courageous young man — is again speaking out against the radical Islamic terror group of which he used to be a key operative and rising future leader.

Hamas is a “cancer” in the Middle East,” Mosab told radio host Mark Levin this week. The terror group does not represent the Palestinian people. “All they care about is conquest….They believe everyone is unclean and they are clean…..They are a radical force that are sending Palestinians to death on a daily basis.”

“Hamas does not care about the lives of the Palestinians, does not care about the lives of Israelis, or Americans,” Mosab told CNN this past week. “They don’t care about their own lives. They consider dying for the sake of their ideology a way of worship.”

“Hamas is not seeking coexistence [with Israel],” he noted. “Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over.”

He said the goal of Hamas isn’t not simply to destroy Israel but to build an Islamic caliphate on the rubble of every country in the region.

His book was turned into a documentary film, “The Green Prince,” that recently won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.

It is also being turned into a feature film.

VIDEO: I would highly encourage you to watch the full interview and share it with others. You can watch it by clicking here.

PERSONAL NOTE:

Please pray for Mosab — for his physical protection, for his spiritual growth, for the salvation of father and entire family, and for God show him much grace and mercy. I’ve gotten together with him several times, was honored to have him to my home for dinner with my family, and have interacted with him on the phone and via email over the years. I have a great love and respect for him and believe he is a remarkably brave man. I know he is also under enormous pressure from all sides. His father has disowned him. Hamas wants to kill him. He is reviled by the Radical Islamic world. And he is still a young man trying to find his way, far from the world he grew up in, cut off from most of the people he knew and loved growing up. So I pray that  as he grows and matures that he will become rooted and deeply grounded in the Scriptures, a devout and faithful follower of Christ, and a man with a team of strong believers around him who love him and care for him and can advise and protect him from attacks of all kinds, political, physical and spiritual. I hope you’ll join me in these prayers. Thanks so much.

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Here is an interview I did with Mosab in 2010:

I’ll speak on latest events in Israel & Mideast in Denver & Ames, Iowa in August. Please register to attend.

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2014 at 3:48 am

MinArch-FamilySummit-logosWith events moving so rapidly in Israel and the Arab world — and the United States facing enormous economic, foreign policy, and spiritual challenges — it is vital that we truly understand the times from a Biblical perspective. What’s more, we need to understand what God is asking of each of us, and be faithful to the task.

To these ends, I’ve been asked to speak at two events next month and I hope you can attend at least one of them.

AUGUST 7th IN DENVER, COLORADO — MINISTRY ARCHITECTURE EVENT

On Thursday evening, August 7th, I’ll be speaking in the Denver, Colorado area.

The topic of my address will be, “The future of America, Israel and the Middle East in the light of the Scriptures.”

The occassion will be the annual fundraising event for Ministry Architecture, Inc. This is the ministry my parents (Len and Mary Rosenberg) started around 14 years ago to provide architectural services for evangelical Christian ministries operating in developing countries who need orphanages, training centers, medical missionary hospitals, and other facilities to show the love of Jesus. Before I speak, my folks will share a bit about the exciting work God is doing through this ministry in countries in Africa and Asia. Then I will discuss the latest developments in the epicenter. And I’m especially looking forward to your questions as that is my favorite part of the evening.

The event will take place at Calvary Chapel South Denver in Littleton, Colorado, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. A contribution of $25 per person is requested to help support Ministry Architecture. Contributions are tax deductible. Registration is required, and you can register at www.ministryarchitecture.com. Please join us — I hope to see you there!

AUGUST 9th IN AMES, IOWA — THE FAMILY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

On Saturday, August 9th, I’ll be speaking in Ames, Iowa.

The occasion will be the 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit in Iowa in August.

I will also be addressing trends in the U.S., Israel and the Middle East from a Biblical perspective.

Two years ago, I spoke at the first Summit on the non-fiction book I had just released that summer, Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time? For more about what I said then, please click here.

Please register today and make plans to join us.

The Summit will be held Saturday, August 9th in the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, from 10am to 5:30pm.

“The Family Leadership Summit is designed to educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family,” notes the website. “The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to hear top conservative national leaders, gathered together in one place, cast their leadership vision.”

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GAZA WAR UPDATE, Day #21: Obama calls Netanyahu to demand “immediate” cease-fire. UN Security Council now demands ceasefire. Kerry angers Israeli, Palestinian & Egyptian leaders. Turkey turns hostile.

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

UPDATED AT 10:30PM EASTERN SUNDAY: (Washington, D.C.) — The most dramatic developments of the weekend in the Gaza war were these:

  1. President Obama’s call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to demand an “immediate” ceasefire, even though Israeli leaders don’t feel they are yet finished neutralizing the terrorist threat posed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
  2. The U.N. Security council demand on Sunday for an immediate ceasefire, even though this will most help the terrorists.
  3. Secretary John Kerry’s disastrous efforts at negotiating a ceasefire, in which he actually managed to anger Palestinian, Egyptian and Israeli leaders all at once — as one regional commentator put it: “We are witnessing a grave strategic error by the Americans, who are succeeding in infuriating serious and strong allies like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in favor of a deception in the form of Qatar and Turkey, which has managed to quarrel with all of its neighbors.”
  4. Turkey’s aggressively anti-Semitic language towards Israel and the Jewish people, which has reached a dangerous new low.

First, President Obama. An immediate and unconditional ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Hamas is a ‘clear strategic imperative’ to Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Sunday,” reported the Jerusalem Post. ” While the conversation focused on the immediate concerns of the United States, the president also discussed the broader implications of Israel’s operation in Gaza, Protective Edge, now over two weeks old and burdened with a mounting death toll, both within the Israel Defense Forces and the civilian population of Gaza. Obama told Netanyahu he wants a ceasefire ‘that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority,’ the White House said, in a readout of the call to reporters.”

That said, the Post noted that “in a recent poll, over 85 percent of Israelis support the Israeli government continuing the military operation until Hamas’ tunnels into Israel are completely destroyed.”

To be clear, I want an end to the fighting and a restoration of calm as soon as possible. But an even higher priority to me is that the terrorist threat in Gaza be truly and fundamentally neutralized.

In the past nineteen days, more than 2,500 rockets have been fired by terrorists in Gaza at Jewish and Arab civilians living in Israel. Israel has also discovered dozens of terror tunnels dug from Gaza under Israeli sovereign territory. From these, terrorists have tried to launch attacks against Israeli towns and villages, and kidnap Israeli soldiers and civilians. Like any normal, democratic nation, the Israeli government is taking all actions necessary to protect its people and defeat the terrorists.

Shouldn’t the U.S. — Israel’s most important geopolitical ally — by trying to help Israel win this war against the terrorists, not force a premature ceasefire? You might think so, but instead the Obama administration is working so hard to get Israel to stop fighting the terrorists. Indeed, the Kerry cease-fire plan — rejected by unanimously by the Israeli security cabinet on Friday — would have allowed Hamas to keep its rockets and terror tunnels.

Why?

Second, the U.N. — “The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for ‘an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire’ in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it,” reports the Associated Press. “The council was meeting as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The push for a cease-fire follows new attacks by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting.”

Third, Secretary Kerry. What exactly is he trying to accomplish, and why is he angering not only Israeli leaders but Palestinian and Egyptian leaders as unhelpful and pro-Hamas?

Kerry is actually refusing to work closely with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah such as Mahmoud Abbas. He is also refusing to build on the cease fire plan developed and advanced by Egyptian President Sisi and his team. Instead, Kerry is working closely with Turkey and Qatar, both close allies of Hamas, to come up with a deal that benefits Hamas. Incredibly, Kerry actually convened a mini summit in Paris to broker a deal — but didn’t invite the Israelis or the Palestinians or Egypt.

Why?

I would encourage you to read through some of the regional coverage of Kerry’s efforts that show the enormous frustration Kerry is engendering among America’s closest allies in the region:

Fourth, Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (pronounced “Air-do-wan”) has become increasingly belligerent towards Israel and the Jewish people in recent years. But his anti-Semitism has hit staggering new lows in recent days. Consider the following headlines.

Developing….

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please keep praying for an end to the fighting soon — but let’s also pray that both Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza are liberated from the reign of terror imposed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
  • Please pray for the wisdom of regional leaders, and U.S and other leaders, to know how best to resolve this crisis.
  • Please pray for the Lord to comfort and heal those on both sides who have been injured and/or traumatized by this conflict.
  • Please pray that Israel’s leaders will call the nation to prayer and fasting and reading of the Bible, as all wise kings of Israel and Judah did in ancient times.

THE GAZA WAR BY THE NUMBERS: AN UPDATE

 Saturday, July 26, according to the IDF blog:

      • More than 22 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
      • At least 16 rockets hit Israel.
      • 6 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
      • The IDF struck over 40 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
      • 31 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17.

Thursday, July 24:

      • More than 63 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
      • At least 43 rockets hit Israel.
      • 15 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
      • The IDF struck over 90 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
      • 31 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17.

Wednesday, July 23:

      • More than 98 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
      • At least 70 rockets hit Israel.
      • 25 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
      • The IDF struck 160 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
      • 31 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17.
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