Watch: Ted Cruz Gets Confronted By Outraged Protesters, Responds In A Way They Never Expected

Anti-war protesters from the group Code Pink tried to disrupt a rally today, while presidential candidate Ted Cruz was speaking about the Iranian nuclear deal. Rather than allowing the bullhorn toting group to take over the event, the senator invited one to come to the stage for a Texas two-step of sorts in the form of a debate.

The event was sponsored by Concerned Women for America and was aimed at raising awareness about the four Americans being held by the Iranian regime.

Code Pink protesters began to shout Cruz down as he sought to address the crowd. When Cruz invited someone from Code Pink to come join him on the stage, co-founder Medea Benjamin stepped forward.

Cruz then began to lay out his problems with the Iranian nuclear deal, as he saw it. “If this deal goes through, three things will happen,” he said, “Number 1 over $100 billion will flow into Iran that they will use to fund Hamas. Hezbollah, the Houthis, and radical Islamic terrorists. Those billions of dollars will be used fund jihadists that will murder Americans, they will murder Israelis…”

Benjamin interrupted Cruz, asking him why he thought he knew better than Britain, France, China, Russia, and other counties. She noted the U.N Security Council voted for it unanimously. “So the entire world is saying this is the best deal we are going to get from stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and bring about a peaceful settlement of this problem,” Benjamin asserted. “What makes you think you as Ted Cruz know better than all these countries together? You don’t! What you are pushing for is going to lead us to war!” she said.

Cruz countered: “One person with whom there is no ambiguity in terms of whether Iran wants a nuclear weapon is the Ayatollah Khomeini and President Rouhani, both of whom say they are developing nuclear weapons. There is no doubt about it.”

“That is absolutely false,” Benjamin responded.

Cruz pointed out in the midst of the negotiations that Khomeini was leading Iranians in chanting “Death to America” and burning American and Israeli flags.

CNN reported this past Sunday that the Ayatollah told a crowd of thousands of Iranians that “Our policies toward the arrogant government of the United States will not be changed at all.” He went on to state that Iran will continue to support its allies in the Middle East, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian resistance groups, and the Syrian government. The crowd responded with chants of “Death to America!…Death to Great Britain!…Death to Israel!”

As reported by Western Journalism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the deal a “stunning, historic mistake.” He listed three troubling aspects of the agreement in an interview with NBC News:

  1. It lifts economic sanctions against the regime, allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to flow into Iran with no requirements to stop its sponsorship of terror and mayhem in the Middle East.
  2. It keeps Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place.
  3. It gives Iran 24 days to respond to any inspection of facilities by the U.N.

Cruz agrees with Netanyahu’s assessment that the Iranian deal is a mistake. He pointed to Code Pink protesters signs, which read “Peace with Iran” and said that unfortunately, the nation does not reciprocate those feelings towards America.

After the rally, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin told Politico: “There are many people that I appreciate for the way they react in situations like this…giving rules that allow us to express our opinions is important, it’s part of our constitution, it’s supposed to be part of our DNA as a country.” She added, “I think it was very nice of him to bring us up and very politic of him, but I still think he’s a war hulk.”

CWA president and CEO Penny Nance said that having Code Pink show up meant her rally was successful. “My belief on all of this is that if you’re not taking fire, you’re not over the target.”

As for Benjamin’s ideas, Nance told Politico: “I appreciate her passion and can relate to her passion, but I believe she’s 100 percent wrong.”

h/t: Washington Examiner

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WATCH: Angry Allen West Unleashes EPIC Attack On ‘Weakling’ Obama For A ‘Damn Stupid’ Deal

“The United States of America is about victors. The United States of America is about champions. The United States of America does not surrender to a bunch of black-robed, crazed clerics that want to see us destroyed.” With red-hot, red-meat rhetoric like that, retired Lt. Col. Allen West fired up a huge crowd that assembled in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday to protest the Obama-led Iran nuke deal.

Far from presenting himself as the soft-spoken political commentator you often see on Fox News, the former congressman from Florida delivered a highly-charged rant that was highly critical of a president whom West called a “weakling” and a “charlatan.”

Regarding the attack on two U.S. military installations in Chattanooga that left five servicemen dead, West didn’t mince words in addressing the current investigation about whether the Muslim attacker might have been a drug-afflicted young man suffering from depression.

“Hell, no, he was a dadgum terrorist, that’s what he was!” West asserted to the crowd’s approving roar.

“How dare Barack Obama, how dare John Kerry, how dare Valerie Jarrett, or any of these other charlatans that occupy Washington, D.C., surrender this great constitutional republic…?” West’s seven-minute speech to the crowd estimated at some 10,000 anti-nuke deal protestors was full of both passion and powerful criticisms of the Obama administration.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the fiery speech by the retired Army officer who once again proudly showed his true colors as he declared his unwavering commitment to making sure that “the enemies of America and the enemies of Israel are crushed and brought to their knees” — something he said the Obama administration is clearly failing to do.

h/t: The Right Scoop

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Big Archaeological Discovery In Israel: Text Leviticus Discerned On 1500 Year-Old Scroll

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Israeli archaeologists, using micro CT scanning, succeeded in reading a badly-charred 1500 year-old Torah scroll containing the first chapter of the Bible book Leviticus (Wajikra), the Israel Antiques Authority (IAA) announced on Monday.

The burned scroll was found in 1970 during excavations that unearthed an ancient synagogue at Kibbutz Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea.

“However, due to its charred condition, it was not possible to either preserve or decipher it,” the IAA wrote in a press release.

“The Lunder Family Dead Sea Scrolls Conservation Center of the Israel Antiquities Authority which uses state of the art and advanced technologies to preserve and document the Dead Sea scrolls enabled the discovery of this important find. It turns out that part of this scroll is from the beginning of the Book of Leviticus, written in Hebrew, and dated by C14 analysis to the late sixth–century CE. To date, this is the most ancient scroll from the five books of the Hebrew Bible to be found since the Dead Sea scrolls, most of which are ascribed to the end of the Second Temple period (first century BCE-first century CE).

“The Israel Antiquities Authority has been cooperating with scientists from Israel and abroad to preserve and digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls. About a year ago Merkel Technologies Company, Ltd. Israel, offered their professional assistance in performing high resolution 3D scanning of some Dead Sea Scrolls fragments and phylactery (tefillin) cases by means of a Micro-CT scanner. The fragment of the Ein Gedi scroll was scanned along with the phylacteries and phylactery cases. The Israel Antiquities Authority then sent the outcome of these scans to Professor Brent Seales of the University of Kentucky who developed a digital imaging software which allows to virtually unroll the scroll and visualize the text. Thus, the great surprise and excitement when the first 8 verses of the Book of Leviticus suddenly became legible, “ the Israel Antiques Authority wrote in the press release.

The discovery is the oldest found since the Dead Sea scrolls, which were found in Khirbet Qumran at the northwestern shores of the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956.

“This is a really big discovery,” Pnina Shor, curator at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said during a news conference where the two-inch long cylindrical object was put on display.

“After the Dead Sea Scrolls, this has been the most significant find of an ancient Bible,” said Shor.

http://bcove.me/r0e62d06 (video of the scroll fragment)

The book Leviticus, or Wajikra in Hebrew, is the third book in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and deals with the rituals in the Temple and many other aspects of Jewish law (Halacha). The book is also called Torat Cohanim (Torah of the Priests) in Hebrew because of the fact that a large part of the laws in Leviticus deal with the work of the priests in the Temple in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, researchers of the University of Haifa in Israel announced another interesting archeological discovery. A large amount of chicken remains from the 4th century BC found in the Judean lowlands suggests that industrial poultry started in Southern Israel 2300 years ago.

The researchers wrote in a statement.

Chicken remains found from the Hellenistic period (4th century BC) in the Judean lowlands shed light on the beginnings of this economic revolution, and show the earliest evidence of the western world’s large-scale industrial poultry.

The change was sharp and fast, and within a few decades, chickens were based throughout the Middle East. It seems residents cultivated a new breed of rooster particularly suitable for commercial growth.

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EXPOSED: John Kerry Used Outright Lies To Sell The Iran Deal To The American Public

On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz appeared on the five major Sunday morning news shows in the U.S. to defend Tuesday’s nuclear agreement with Iran.

Here’s the Fox News Sunday interview:

The duo tried to address the most pressing concerns about the deal, but obviously failed and even retorted to half truths and outright lies.

Take, for example, Kerry’s defense against criticism that the deal effectively turns Iran into a nuclear threshold power because instead of dismantling Iran’s nuclear program, the deal puts it under international protection. This situation will continue until, 15 years from now, Iran emerges as a legal nuclear power with the ability to build a nuclear weapon at will.

Here is a part of the interview with Kerry on CNN’s State of the Union dealing with the issue:

Question: I’ve spoken to a lot of experts, ones who wanted this deal to be good, who were rooting for you. And they say the best case scenario is that over the next 15 years… the Iranians will be closer to the capacity to build a nuclear weapon… and they’ll have done it all under the guise of international law.

Kerry: … Guess what, my friend: Iran had 12,000 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, and that’s enough if they enriched it further for 10 to 12 bombs. They had it. That’s what Barack Obama was dealt as a hand when he came in: 19,000 centrifuges already spinning; a country that had already mastered the fuel cycle; a country that already was threshold in the sense that they are only two months away from breakout.

Sounds convincing, but there is a serious problem with Kerry’s answer.

The Iranians didn’t have 12,000 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) when Obama took office; they had 0 kg of HEU. Kerry might have been thinking of the 12,000 kg of low enriched uranium (LEU) they had by 2014, but that doesn’t work either because the Iranians stockpiled most of that under Obama–as of February 2009, they only had 1,010 kg of LEU. They also didn’t have “19,000 centrifuges already spinning”; they had 3,936 centrifuges spinning. And they were not 2 months away from breakout but instead were just getting around to stockpiling enough uranium for a single bomb.

So Kerry lied, and it didn’t stop there.

When he was asked about the administration’s collapse on the anytime/anywhere IAEA inspections of Iran’s nuclear and military sites during interviews with CBS’ Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday, Kerry claimed:

“There’s no such thing in arms control as anytime, anywhere. There isn’t any nation in the world – none – that has an anytime, anywhere.” (CBS)

And: “The fact is that in arms control there is no country anywhere on this planet that has anywhere, anytime. There is no such standard within arms control inspections… we never, ever had a discussion about anywhere, anytime. It’s called managed access. It’s under the IAEA. Everybody understands it.” (Fox)

Is there really no such thing as anytime/anywhere inspections?

‘Anytime/anywhere’ is shorthand for an existing IAEA inspection regime that guarantees unfettered access to any site within about a day, and is just another way of describing an IAEA snap inspection regime that covers declared and suspect sites. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has explicitly called for these snap inspections, prompting the Iranians to call him out by name and again reject the condition.

David Albright, a former weapons inspector and now president of the Institute for Science and International Security, has said that a deal must include “inspector access to Iranian sites where suspicious activity may be occurring, including military sites, anywhere and promptly, or ‘anytime,’ and certainly within 24 hours.”

Olli Heinonen, a 27 year IAEA veteran who headed the agency’s verification department, said that “unfettered access to sites, facilities, material, equipment, people, and documents is imperative to the credible long-term verification of any nuclear agreement with Iran. Access request to inspect any site – declared or suspect – with a reason, should be gained in short notice to avoid tampering that could compromise the verification objectives.”

Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden agreed with Albright and Heinonen: “I do think anytime, anywhere inspections are absolutely essential.”

There was more on this issue. Kerry claimed during the same interviews that the negotiators never intended to secure these anytime/anywhere inspections.

Here’s what Fox News Sunday asked Kerry about the concession that would allow Iran to sit in a panel with the six world powers to determine if IAEA inspectors would be allowed suspected sites after 24 days (!).

Question: “President Obama and both of you talked about insisting on anytime, anywhere inspections. But what you ended up with is that Iran can keep us out of its most secret, most suspicious sites for up to 24 days. Secretary Kerry, three and a half weeks is not anytime, anywhere.”

Kerry: “Well, that’s not accurate that we ever – I never, in four years, had a discussion about anywhere, anytime.”

This was an outright lie too. Only last week, U.S. chief negotiator Wendy Sherman told Israeli reporters that negotiators used it; but it was “just a rhetorical flourish.”

“I think this is one of those circumstances where we have all been rhetorical from time to time,” Sherman told The Jerusalem Post.

Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN last April: “First of all, under this deal, you will have anywhere/anytime 24/7 access.” He said the same thing to Israel Channel 10.

Secretary Moniz himself told Bloomberg that “we expect to have anywhere, anytime access.”

Another issue that has drawn sharp criticism is the concession on the United Nations arms embargo against Iran. The U.S. gave in to the Iranian demand to lift the embargo after Iran made clear that it could be a deal breaker–and after Chinese and Russian pressure.

Kerry justified this concession as follows:

This is a nuclear negotiation about a nuclear program. The United Nations, when they passed the resolution, contemplated that if Iran came to the negotiation and they ponied up, all the sanctions would be lifted. We didn’t lift all the sanctions. We left in place despite the fact that three out of seven countries negotiating wanted to do away with them altogether. We won the five years for the arms and eight years for the missiles.

Here again, Kerry didn’t speak the truth. The condition for lifting the arms embargo was not that Iran “come to negotiations.” UNSC resolution 1929 stipulated that the embargo was to remain in place until Iran had complied with UNSC resolution 1929 plus past UNSCR resolutions 1696, 1737, 1747, and 1803.

These UNSC resolutions obligated Iran to stop all uranium enrichment, cease all heavy water plutonium work, and halt all development of proliferation sensitive ballistic missiles. So the arms embargo was to remain in place until Iran dismantled its nuclear program, not until it agreed to negotiate.

These are only a few examples of the inaccuracies, half-truths, and outright lies that Moniz and Kerry used in their attempt to sell the deal to the American public.

Meanwhile, Israel exposed another lie the administration used to silence criticism from opponents of the deal.

A senior Israeli official told the Times of Israel that President Obama lied when he said that critics of the nuclear agreement with Iran have failed to present better options.

“We have consistently laid out an alternative, which is a better deal that actually blocks Iran’s path to the bomb and links the lifting of restrictions on Iran to tangible changes in Iranian behavior,” the Israeli official said.

Omri Ceren contributed to this report

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For The Last Time, Jerusalem Is The Capitol Of Israel

Many Americans – including Christians – scoff at a spiritual imperative to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and Israel as the capitol of God’s Kingdom on earth. They affirm a cuddly Jesus who loves children and awaits our arrival at the heavenly buffet table while denying Him as a warrior King who embodies His Father’s call to let justice roll like a mighty river and sets people free from bondage to embodied evil by shedding His own blood. This fiercely loving Christ is very present in our world while yet rooted in the much larger world of His Holy Spirit. This Spirit world – like the material world so many believe to be all there is – will be fully redeemed with His return in glory. In the meantime, it is populated by the goodness of God and the deprivation of good that is all evil can ever be. Ignoring it makes us as vulnerable to danger as it leaves us bereft of great opportunities to know and be known by our God in His own neighborhood.

When I was in Israel in 2012, I spent my last full day in the old Jerusalem. Visiting the Western Wall, I was literally struck dumb by the overwhelming presence of the Lord in His Spirit as I placed my hands and head on the ancient masonry. I was so overtaken I could not speak. While my forehead was placed against the wall, I could scarcely breathe. But that was not the only spiritual experience I was given that day.

While walking to the Western Wall, I become lost in the maze of Jerusalem alleys and byways leading to the Temple site. A Palestinian offered to guide me to my destination. I explained I was out of money and would be unable to pay him; he assured me he wanted only to serve. He led me to a rooftop overlooking Temple Square and asked me for money. When I reminded him he had agreed to no charge, he began to scream obscenities at me. But that was not all. “I know who you are,” he shrieked. “I know you! You are a priest! You are all alike, you priests!”

I am an Anglican priest. That day, I was dressed in an Aloha shirt and jeans – as I so often am. There was not the slightest indication of my calling in my appearance or speech. Yet the spirit in this man recognized the Spirit in me. A collision was inevitable.

This is not – by the way – the whole story of the spiritual world as it reflects Arab and Palestinian people. During my time in Israel, I met a young man named Omar who helped me that day and the restaurant owner named Abba in whose establishment I dined. God hangs out in the worlds He has made. He is not the sole inhabitant of the spirit world, but He is the owner. One day, His Word will be the only word spoken; and it is already the only one we need to hear and heed.

That said, the United States Supreme Court – in June 2015 – declared Jerusalem to be not the capitol of Israel. In my lifetime, I have never before encountered such colossal arrogance as instructing a sovereign nation on locating its capitol. The Supreme Court has backed the administration, saying the Congress is not constitutionally authorized to conduct foreign affairs, striking down the 2002 federal law. The Court conveniently forgets it has no problem with statutes like the War Powers Act – a clear limitation by Congress of the President’s ability to unilaterally conduct foreign affairs.

The Constitution explicitly authorizes Congress to advise, consent, and limit the President in the conduct of foreign affairs. The Supreme Court again trashes its responsibility to interpret – not re-fashion – law and constitution. There is more at stake.

The Lord our God is on His throne, in the material and spiritual worlds He created. There are other entities who are doomed by the sacrifice of His life undertaken by Yeshua, a sacrifice continuing to unfold in our world and the other. These doomed entities remain capable of manifestation. They recognize the spirit in each of us. They get along with some; they shriek at those bearing the Spirit of Christ. We Americans have an opportunity to bear with a little shrieking for the surpassing glory of knowing and being known by our returning King. The arrogance of the Supreme Court will be replaced by humiliation when we finally grasp Whom we have insulted.

Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel. Israel is the capitol of God’s Kingdom on earth.

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