Matzav means situation, and it usually means "the Israeli or Jewish situation"...
Rice wins concessions from Israel
The agreement includes:
- Removing 50 travel barriers in and around Jenin, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya and Ramallah.
- Dismantling of one permanent roadblock.
- Deploying 700 Jordanian-trained Palestinian police in Jenin and allowing them to take delivery of 50 Russian armored personnel carriers (war vehicles).
- Raising the the number of Palestinian businessmen allowed into Israel to 1,500 from 1,000.
- Increasing the number of work permits for Palestinian laborers by 5,000 from its current number of 18,500.
- Building new housing for Palestinians in 25 villages.
- Connecting Palestinian villages to the Israeli power grid.
- Israeli support for large-scale economic development programs and encouragement of foreign investment.
Within 24 hours of this occurring, there was a terror attack (which we reported first hand here).
A friend sent me a note, stating...
In a bombshell revelation that could bring down the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, it was revealed last week that despite official denials, Israel is indeed engaged in negotiations with the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority to divide the Holy City. This has long been a key demand of the Palestinians, and the idea of dividing Israel's eternal capital has also been pushed by President Bush, the European Union and the United Nations.
This was my response:
I've been quite aware of Condi and George taking such steps.
I would note that such steps correspond to extensive writings of the biblical prophets. You're probably familiar with the one who comes to divide Jerusalem in the biblical prophecies, referred to as Gog of Magog.
Here's an interesting secret of the words in Hebrew that might make sense given what you just sent (this is a rather aggressive interpretation)...
In Hebrew, there is no letter or sound equivalent to the English J (or strong G), no "ja". However, modern Hebrew has had to accommodate European and English sounds (both for names of places and for modern words). The language scholars did this by taking certain Hebrew letters and adding an accent on them, so for example we write g' to represent a 'ja' sound (or rather, a hebrew gimmel with an accent mark).
Now, the Torah itself, as most biblical Hebrew, is written with no punctuation. No periods, quotes, vowels, etc. It has all these things, and the Torah and prophets actually also have musical notes (which match the pattern of punctuation). However, the text was taught with the music, which provided the punctuation. (The point being, it's wasn't written, it was orally transmitted.)
So, if we read the prophets, we read the name of the one who rebels against G-d and tries to bring the world under material control as Gog. And in Hebrew, this would be written Gimmel - Vav/Cholom - Gimmel.
Interestingly, if you write the name George in Hebrew, following the modern rule I wrote above, you'd write Gimmel/accent - Vav/Cholom - Gimmel/accent. But, as I noted, accent marks aren't written in the biblical text. Which means, George in biblical Hebrew would be written ... Gog.
Ma in Hebrew means "from". So, MaGog would mean from-Gog, or, given the interpretation above, from-George. Or, George from-George.
Now, that looks nice, but MaGog is generally understood to be a nation, not a family member. In that case, we would be writing George from the George-Nation. What nation is from-George? (Hint - look at a 1 dollar bill.)
All of this would just be silly word games, except what you just sent and Mr. George Bush's multiple recent statements that he personally intends to see to it that Israel is re-divided, and especially Jerusalem is re-divided, before his term ends. If I remember correctly, in a statement in the past 2 weeks he promised to return in May to attend the division ceremony.
You would think with his personal faith and that his secretary of state is the daughter of a minister, they would take biblical statements about Jerusalem becoming a cup-of-poison for the nations that would divide and spoil her seriously. Yet, they've clearly turned they're backs on anything they've learned or believe in favor of political stands and the almighty dollar. (Which suddenly isn't looking so mighty.)
The US has tremendous historical merits, it's generally a country of chesed (kindness) and the American people have been very good to the Jews. (And he who blesses you will be blessed.) But the shield of those merits is quickly being destroyed as the US State Department continually requires Jewish blood (as in this weeks demand for the removal of security checks in the Shomron/West Bank, which led in less than 24 hours to a terror attack _which my best friend's wife was involved in_) to appease their Arab oil (and now financial) partners.
The historical merits and the merits of the people will not continue to protect the US from the actions of their government. (And those who curse you will be cursed.)
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