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When the Lord Bringeth Back the Captivity of His People - Psalm 14:7
May 1st
Morning Meditation
F. B. Meyer
Categories: Meditation;Inspirational;Book Study

It is good to have an eye on the future, even though we get sometimes a little weary of waiting, and impatient of delay. Here a captive soul transports itself to the hours when its captivity shall be ended; and although it cannot altogether suppress the "Oh!" of longing desire, it dilates with ecstasy, as it anticipates the outburst of joy that shall hail the Divine deliverance.

Let us look on and up. Bunyan tells us that the heart of the Pilgrim "waxed warm about the place whither he was going." A real lover of Christ, who knows something of the law of sin in his members, and of the dull weight of this mortal tabernacle, is apt to have, at times, eager desires for his home and his glorious inheritance. Paul was one of the most eager of workers, but he was ever dwelling on the blessed hope.

"When," exclaimed Baxter, "when, O my soul, hast thou most forgot thy wintry sorrows? Is it not when thou hast got above, closest to Jesus Christ, and hast conversed with Him, and viewed the mansions of glory, and filled thyself with sweet foretastes, and talked with the inhabitants of the higher world?" Such devout anticipations do not slacken our work down here during this little while. It is said of Samuel Rutherford that he was always studying, always preaching, and always visiting the sick; but it was he who exclaimed, "Oh, time, run fast! Oh, fair day, when wilt thou dawn? Oh, shadows, flee away! Oh, well-beloved Bridegroom, be Thou to me like the roe or the young hart on the mountains!"

"The best is yet to be.
The last, for which the first was made."

The Palestinians Have Reached a Dead End
May 1st
Commentary
EYAL ZISSER/JNS.ORG
Categories: The Nation Of Israel

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The number of Gaza residents willing to participate in the riots along the border fence is dropping, as could be seen in last Friday's protest. 

Hamas is no longer hiding the fact that the demonstrations are not intended to be quiet marches, but violent attempts to carry out attacks on Israeli forces and civilians, as well as damage the fence and military equipment, and burn fields and forests.

We can assume that leading up to May 15, on which the Palestinians mark the Nakba (or "Catastrophe") of their displacement during Israel's 1948 War of Independence, the border will heat up again. 

Hamas will spur on Gazans to head out for the "marches of return," reminding Israel and the world that the Palestinians are still committed to the dream of return, which in essence means the destruction of the State of Israel.

As Hamas prepares for more rounds of violence--since it has nothing to offer the residents of Gaza other than that--the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has been keeping mum. 

This is due in part to internecine Palestinian power struggles--primarily, the fight over who will succeed P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas--but also because Abbas and his friends do not want and actually cannot escape the trap they closed on themselves when they turned up their noses at the American administration's attempts to kick-start the peace process.

The Palestinian nationalist movement is at one of the lowest points in its history. Some, even among the Palestinians, argue that it has come to the end of the road. Its goals--even the smallest ones--are slipping out of its reach. 

No matter what happens, their fate is once again out of their hands and out of the hands of their leadership, whether that happens to be the P.A., which is pinning its hopes on the international community, or Hamas, which is now making its way back to the welcoming embrace of Iran.

The celebration of Israel's achievements over the 70 years of its existence is an excellent opportunity for the Palestinians to spend some time thinking about where they went wrong and what could extract them from the dead end they have found themselves in.

After 100 years of clashes (dating from the Balfour Declaration), 70 years of conflict (starting with the 1948 War of Independence) and a quarter-century since the Oslo Accords, which were supposed to have given the Palestinians both peace and land of their own, it looks like they are losing the little they have managed to obtain.

The Palestinian nationalist movement was always a mirror image of Zionism; in other words, it was born out of and in response to the advent of Zionism. This means that the battle against the Zionist idea and the desire to serve as an antithesis to everything that Israel symbolizes were and are simply a common denominator, rather than a defining element of the Palestinian identity. 

This is not enough to sustain a victorious national movement and lead it to success.

It would appear that the sources of the Palestinian weakness have never changed: the lack of a national identity that supercedes the tribe, the clan or the village, and is nothing more than a rejection of the other (Zionism); the lack of any legitimate, effective leadership that lays out a path and convinces the public to take it; a weak economy; religious radicalization; and, above all, depending on others to rescue the Palestinians from their distress.

From 1948 to 1967, the Palestinians hung their hopes on Arab nations. For the P.A., it's now the international community--that same vague and amorphous entity whose efficacy we have seen in Syria, and for Hamas, in Iran and Turkey.

Incidentally, this is a challenging reality for Israel because it means that the hope that one day Israel would find a Palestinian partner for either a peace deal or in the case of Gaza, a truce, is a false one.

It's hard to think that the Palestinians in their current situation are capable of compromising, much less making a compromise acceptable to Israel, which is the stronger side. 

It also means that in the future, the ball is in Israel's court when it comes to its approach towards the Palestinians, and it's doubtful whether the Palestinians wish to or can take part in the game.

 

The Dangers of Designer Babies
May 1st
Commentary
PNW STAFF
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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You and your spouse decide to have a baby. Now, picture this: you go to a clinic, and you are given a set of options.  For example: 

● Would you like a girl with green eyes and who is likely to be a talented artist but has a high risk of developing lupus as an adult?

● Or, would you maybe prefer a boy with dark hair and a high chance of being athletic, while also being predisposed to type 2 diabetes and glaucoma? 

● How about a tall boy who has a gift for foreign languages, but who is more than likely to suffer from schizophrenia as an adult?

If you feel confused, just wait, this is only the beginning. There are more than 200 options and combinations from which to choose. 

Parents-to-be will be able to play with their future child's DNA and basically design their baby. 

Scientists have predicted that designer babies could become a reality within 20 years, and the potential consequences are truly frightening. 

What's a Designer Baby?

If you aren't up to date with the most recent scientific wonders, here is an explanation. 

In short, designer babies' DNA is shaped by gene editing. Such babies are created through a genetic modification process or genetic screening. The DNA is modified with the help of technology, and the transfer of genes is also included.

So, once you choose your desired combination of genes and personal traits for your baby, they will implant the embryo. This might seem a reasonable option for couples who know they carry genes for certain illnesses, and thus could select an embryo without that gene but, is this really how we want to reproduce? 

The Use of Ordinary Cells for Reproduction?

Scientists have shown that, in mice, they can turn ordinary cells into eggs and sperm. It's too early to know if that can be done with human cells as well. But when, and if it should happen, it would change everything we know about reproduction. 

This would mean that even people who aren't able to produce eggs or sperm could experience genetic parenthood. 

Nowadays, with in-vitro fertilization, approximately 8 eggs are collected per trial. But this new method could provide a couple with more than 100 actual embryos from which they could analyze the DNA in those embryos in order to discover probable diseases and personal characteristics. 

Common Traits in Designer Babies

Here is what those who wish to have designer babies usually want to control and modify:

● Gender 

● Looks 

● Chances of getting sick with a particular illness

● Overall personality 

● Levels of intelligence

So, think about this: although it's natural that you want your baby to be healthy and well, is it really necessary to choose your baby's hair color, personality, or level of intelligence? Is this what parenthood has come down to?

Pitfalls

Moral and Ethical Aspects

Creating a designer baby basically means changing a person's life and mind without their permission. You may say, 'well, even with the normal birth process, babies have no say in these physical results'.  That is true, but the normal birth process is God ordained. 

With the 'designer' process, you choose to modify your baby's emotional, mental, and physical structure to suit your personal desires, just because you feel like it.

For those who recognize that life begins at conception, the greater question is: what is to become of those embryos that are rejected? Must we now coin new terminology, e.g. anticipatory abortion or abortion before the fact?

Or, consider how scientists might use your unused embryos for scientific experiments, and not treat them like human beings. Who knows what horrors may take place within the confines of 'Dr. Frankenstein's' laboratory.  

Errors

Every gene in our body has a purpose, and removing some while keeping others may result in errors which can be hard to predict and tricky to manage in the future. 

A Divided World

If designer babies become a trend, we could easily find ourselves living in a hostile environment. Just picture a divided world in which designer babies feel and act superior to those whose genes were not 'edited'. 

Final Thoughts

\Ask yourself if this is the world you want to live in. Is this the world you want your children to live in? Have we become so hungry for control that we are willing to alter our future children's DNA and select their personalities? Have we crossed the line?

Netanyahu Exposes Iran's Nuclear Program Lies
May 1st
Commentary
SEAN SAVAGE/JNS.ORG
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that Iran has "lied big time" about the nature of its nuclear program.

In a speech delivered in English and broadcast during prime time in Israel on Monday night from the country's Defense Ministry, he said that Israel had covertly obtained some 55,000 pages of documents and 55,000 files on CD showing that "Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear-weapons program. The files prove that."

The cache is full of "incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more," he said.

According to Netanyahu, found within the documents in proof of the existence of Project Amad, a program that Iran had set up to design, build and test nuclear weapons but was scrapped in 2003. However, Netanyahu claimed that Iran continued its program, splitting it into covert and overt tracks to avoid scrutiny.

"This is exactly what Iran continued to do," said Netanyahu. "Iran planned at the highest levels to continue work related to nuclear weapons under different guises and using the same personnel."

The Israeli leader stated that despite Iran denying its past nuclear work to the International Atomic Energy Agency--the United Nation's nuclear watchdog--when it signed the 2015 nuclear deal, the files showed that Tehran "authorized, initiated and funded Project Amad."

Netanyahu said Iran has "lied" about never having a nuclear program, that it continued to "preserve and expand its nuclear know how for future use," and that the nuclear deal is based on "Iranian lies and deception."

"This is Israeli intelligence at its most extraordinary, changing history through the patient access of key information. I expect this trove of documents will lead to a fundamental change in dealings with Iran's nuclear buildup," Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, told JNS.

Nader Uskowi, an Iranian-born visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former senior policy advisor for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), similarly praised the "intelligence coup" by Israel, explaining to JNS that the evidence presented by Netanyahu also calls into question the validity of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

"In 2015, prior to the JCPOA going into effect, Iran had to certify to IAEA that it never had a nuclear weaponization program--the so-called military dimension of their nuclear program. JCPOA went into effect based on false certification by IAEA that there were never any weaponization program in Iran," he said. "Now we know that IAEA's certification was based on false information, and this development questions the validity of the agreement."

Reactions from experts on social media were mixed to Netanyahu's speech, with some seeing this as clear evidence that Iran negotiated the nuclear deal in bad faith, while others did not see the Israeli leader providing proof that Iran is violating the current agreement.

"Iran regime conducted nuclear-weaponization activities, lied to the IAEA and to the world & hid 100,000+ documents, videos, photos with the instructions to restart a nuke weapons program at a time of its choosing," tweeted Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

However, Iranian-born Israeli Middle East commentator Meir Javedanfar tweeted that Netanyahu did not present anything new. "We all know Iran lied in the past about military nuke program, but Netanyahu did not show that Iran is continuing to build weapons after the #Irandeal," he put forth. "All he proved was Iran lied in past."

New information could sway the Europeans

In his speech, Netanyahu also noted that Israel shared the information on Iran with the United States, and that he believes that U.S. President Trump will "do the right thing" on the May 12 deadline regarding whether or not he will pull out of the nuclear accord.

According to Bloomberg News, the United States has verified the material as "authentic."

The speech by Netanyahu comes one day after the new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem.

Pompeo, who has long been a critic of the nuclear deal, said the president has insisted that the deal be fixed. "He's directed the administration to try and fix it, and if we can't fix it, he's going to withdraw from the deal. It's pretty straightforward," he said.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted that he believes Netanyahu's address was fully coordinated with the Trump administration. "Obviously, Netanyahu's announcement tonight on the Iranian nuclear program is fully coordinated with the U.S. side," according to Shapiro. "The call with Trump yesterday and Pompeo's visit would have locked it in."

As such, Uskowi believes that Israel's evidence may strengthen the Trump's administration's goal of fixing the deal or implementing a more comprehensive agreement.

"The skeptical Europeans, after examining the documents and their validity, would more likely side with the U.S. about the need for a much stronger nuclear deal with Iran--a significantly revised JCPOA--and the Iranians might not have much option now but to agree to renegotiate the agreement," he said. "Otherwise, they would put themselves into a corner, facing a united E.U.-U.S. front, and the prospects of snap-back sanctions and tougher measures."

Uskowi added: "President Trump most probably will not certify the agreement as is. But that does not mean that the U.S. could not join the Europeans to come up with a much more comprehensive agreement--one that would include Iran's ballistic-missile program as part of its nuclear program; tighten inspection regime, including all sites, military or civilian, suspected of being part of the country's weaponization program; and the elimination of sunset clause."

Let the Headlines Speak
May 1st
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines

Former defense minister: Israel’s northern home front unprepared for war 
The north is unprepared for an escalation with Iran, should it occur, said MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union), who served as minister of defense during the Second Lebanon War, on Tuesday. Israel’s main problem, he added, is Iran trying to “incite threats in Syrian territory.”

Abbas calls for children to be kept away from Gaza border fence 
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called for children participating in protests near the Gaza Strip’s frontier with Israel to be kept away from the border fence between the two territories. In the last several weeks, especially on Fridays, protests have occurred in the border region between Gaza and Israel to support the return of Palestinian refugees to their former homes in Israel.

Afghan security forces ‘shrink sharply’ – US watchdog
The strength of the Afghan security forces has declined sharply over the past 12 months due to desertions and high casualty rates, a US government watchdog has said. The number of security forces personnel has fallen by about 10% to just under 300,000, according to a new report. The findings come a day after a wave of attacks killed nearly 40 people.

Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges
Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual assault charges, a court has ruled. Cardinal Pell formally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing. An Australian magistrate ruled on Tuesday that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to a trial on some charges, but not on others.

Robot company Starship Technologies plans 1,000 delivery bots
A company which specialises in delivery robots plans to expand its operations from two campuses to twenty by 2019 with a fleet of a thousand. Starship Technologies is partnering with the Co-op in Milton Keynes to deliver groceries there. It follows trials with Just Eat to deliver takeaways in South London.

DOJ charges 11 possible caravan members with illegally entering the US
The Department of Justice on Monday filed complaints against 11 individuals believed to be members of the Central American migrant caravan, accusing them of illegally entering the United States. After a month-long journey by bus, train and on foot, about 100 migrants arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry on the US-Mexico border on Sunday evening, preparing to claim asylum.

Biblical BOMBSHELL as archaeologists ‘uncover ancient city of King David’ 
Historians believe they have uncovered a building some 30 miles from Jerusalem which is believed to have been part of the Biblical kingdom. Archaeologists are divided over whether or not Biblical figures such as King David and King Solomon ever existed. Professor Avraham Faust, co-head of the archaeological dig, said he believes this latest discovery further supports the case for the historical accuracy of the Bible.

The U.S. Just Borrowed $488 Billion, a Record High for the First Quarter
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he’s unconcerned about the bond market’s ability to absorb rising government debt after his department said it borrowed a record amount for the first quarter. “It’s a very large, robust market — it’s the most liquid market in the world, and there is a lot of supply,” he said in a Bloomberg TV interview on Monday. “But I think the market can easily handle it.”

Futurist Says Lab-Grown Babies in 20 to 40 Years
Straight out of Brave New World, a futurist says the world is moving toward lab-grown babies – and sex may soon be obsolete for procreation. Henry Greely, a futurist author and a Stanford University law professor, says future parents will pick their child from a catalog of “already artificially created embryos” using criteria such as intelligence, athleticism and perhaps even eye color.

TURKEY TELLS EU TO CRIMINALIZE CRITICISM OF ISLAM
Turkey for years was a moderate Middle East nation…But in the last few years, it’s taken a sharp turn toward full-blown Islamic Shariah law and persecution of non-Muslims. It just got worse, with a statement from a high government official that it wants all governments across Europe to criminalize “Islamophobia,” which would include any negative comment about the religion.

Insurgents start leaving south Damascus pocket, release hostages
Dozens of hostages held by militants in northern Syria reached army lines on Tuesday, launching a deal for insurgents to quit an enclave south of Damascus, state media and a monitor said. State news agency SANA said 42 people were freed in the first step of the agreement, arriving in government territory at a crossing near Aleppo city.

Sweden reveals why a “cashless” society may not be such a good idea after all
…Stefan Ingves, the current head of the Swedish central bank Riksbank, issued a statement warning the country that it could soon be faced with a situation where private sector banks have taken complete control over the national payment system.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Lashes Out Against Israel Again
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein accused Israel of using “excessive force” in dealing with Hamas-led demonstrations near and along the border fence in Gaza. “Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators,” Zeid said last Friday. He claimed, without any first-hand knowledge of actual conditions on the ground, that many of the Palestinians killed while taking part in demonstrations as part of the so-called “Great March of Return” were “unarmed or not presenting an immininent threat.”

Obama Bros. Speechless After Netanyahu Exposes Iran Deal Lies
The vaunted “echo chamber” that President Barack Obama’s aide Ben Rhodes created to sell the Iran deal was quiet on Monday, in the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelations of new intelligence proving that Iran had lied to the world about its nuclear weapons program.

Bill Gates Wants To Be God
Billionaire plans to launch satellites to spy on the world

Christian school banned by city and Supremes let it happen
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case in which a Michigan township changed its zoning laws to prevent a Christian school from entering the community.

Hollywood Sex Cult Linked To Rothschilds, Clintons
….it’s notable that at least three high-ranking members of NXIVM, including Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters, are members of the Clinton Global Initiative, which requires an annual $15,000 membership fee.

Iran Backing Out Of Obama’s Nuclear Deal
Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi appeared to signal Monday the country’s imminent withdrawal from the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015.

Stunning finding reveals autism is highest in areas with the highest vaccination rates
…New research from the Canadian government has indirectly shown that in highly vaccinated populations, autism rates are noticeably higher. These shocking findings are sure to leave vaccine propagandists reeling while they try to somehow discredit the findings of a government agency.

Mystery Explosions at ‘Iranian Base’ in Syria Register As Earthquake
An Iranian military base and arms depot in northern Syria reportedly came under missile attack on Saturday night, triggering explosions so powerful they registered as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake.

UK’s New Immigration Chief a Pakistani Muslim
The son of Pakistani immigrants has been named the United Kingdom’s new home secretary after his predecessor resigned amidst allegations of seeking to increase deportations of illegal immigrants.

Satanists Declare War on Arkansas Ten Commandments
The Satanic Temple is threatening to sue the state of Arkansas over the installation of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol.

BBC Withdraws ‘Human Planet’ Series After Multiple Scenes Exposed as Fake
The BBC has withdrawn Human Planet from distribution after admitting that the series faked scenes of an Indonesian hunter harpooning a whale.

25-year old student discovers way to kill superbugs without antibiotics
The rise and proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is becoming an increasingly prominent threat, not just here in the states but across the world. In light of this, the search for a means by which to fight these resistant bacteria without the use of antibiotic agents has become of utmost importance.

Iranian - Backed Cells Pose ?direct Threat to U.S. Homeland
May 1st
Commentary
CLARION PROJECT
Categories: Warning

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Iranian-backed terror cells in the U.S.  pose "a direct threat to the homeland." That was the conclusion of Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) after hearing from a panel of intelligence experts testifying before the House subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, which he chairs, reported The Washington Free Beacon.

Those experts said that it would be easy for Iran to order its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah to launch a large-scale terror attack in the U.S. As tensions increase between Iran and the U.S. over the possibility of President Trump scrapping the nuclear deal, such an attack is quite plausible.

The existence of Hezbollah sleeper cells with their Iranian agents in the U.S. is already known to intelligence officials. Just last year, two Hezbollah terrorists were arrested for planning attacks in the U.S.

One had already scouted potential targets in New York City including JFK International Airport. Both terrorists were U.S. citizens, meaning they had free rein to exit and re-enter the U.S. at will, which they did. 

Under questioning, one admitted he was a "sleeper" agent of Hezbollah's Islamic Jihad tasked to carry out "black ops" for Hezbollah and "the Iranians."

In 2007, Iranian agents were caught trying to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines going to JFK.

"It is clear that Hezbollah has the will and capacity," said King. "Hezbollah is probably the most experienced and professional terrorist organization in the world."

"They are as good or better at explosive devices than ISIS, they are better at assassinations and developing assassination cells," said Michael Pregent, a former intelligence officer who worked to counter Iranian influence. "Hezbollah is smart. 

They're very good at keeping their communications secure, keeping their operational security secure, and, again, from a high profile attack perspective, they'd be good at improvised explosive devices."

Others spoke to Iran's infiltration of Latin America and the threat that posed to the U.S. "Their presence in Latin America must be viewed as a forward operating base against America's interest in the region and the homeland itself," said Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Hezbollah agents use the U.S. "as a staging ground for trade-based and real estate-based money laundering. They come in through the front door with a legitimate passport and a credible business cover story," Ottolenghi said.

The growth of Hezbollah agents operating in the U.S. may have been further facilitated by the Obama Administration, which has been accused of squelching U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigations and arrests of Hezbollah agents to pave the way for the nuclear deal with Iran. 

An investigation into those allegations was ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after an expose on the subject ran in Politico in December 2017.


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