Scaled Up Chutzpah

 

The Prime Minister of Israel hosts a ‘Royal Tour’ of his homeland along with his wife and son. Affectionately known as “BeBe” he condenses the amazing 5,000 years of history in his fun and whimsical way.  The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drives a boat across the Red Sea whose shores are shared by Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.  The PM is a lifelong athlete who rides a bike through the streets of Jerusalem. Joyfully he and his wife ride the rapids on the Jordan River as he points out on a map the “Med” the “Dead” and the “Red” bodies of water. Israel is the Holy City for Judaism, Christians and Islamists. Indeed, Israel is the most contested piece of real estate on planet earth. Israel has been attacked 52 times and completely destroyed twice. King Nebekenezer toppled Solomon’s Temple in 606 BC.  King Zerubbabel rebuilt the Jewish Temple and in 70 AD the Romans demolished the temple not leaving one stone upon another.  Israel is the crossroads of history, religion, technology and HOPE for the world. The diversity of immigrants in Israel has inspired exciting methods which they share with the world. Israel has turned curses into blessings, over and over again through the centuries. Their unrelenting persistence is a beacon of hope to the world. They risk failure to win and they do because they NEVER GIVE UP! This documentary gives all the glory to God for His promise to bless His people. The technology for IPADS and IPHONES and many more were born in Israel!

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (BeBe), pictured with his wife Sara

Trump meets Netanyau at the White House in Washington

“For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.” Deut 15:6

On May 14, 2018 The USA officially recognized Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel on the same day that the NEW USA Embassy opened in Jerusalem. May 14th is also the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. It is also one day before what Palestinians call Nakba Day, or the Day of Catastrophe, where Palestinians commemorate lands they either fled or were evicted from after the creation of the state of Israel. It’s also just before the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Pastor Robert Jeffress from the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, is a member of the unofficial ShowImageevangelical advisory council at the White House who was chosen to pray a blessing over the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. For many evangelical Christians — including those who have Trump’s ear — moving the embassy to Jerusalem isn’t just about temporal political goals. Rather, the embassy move is one that will yield cosmic, and catastrophic, results. Evangelicals who subscribe to the American tradition of premillennial dispensationalist theology, Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem is a necessary step in bringing apocalypse. Dispensationalists believe that God has divided human history into “dispensations”Opening ceremony of US embassy in Jerusalemperiods that illuminate different aspects of God’s plan for humanity. For example, the period between the Ten Commandments and the crucifixion of Jesus is understood as the period of “THE LAW”; the period since is the period of “GRACE.” Ultimately, the final, hoped-for period of human history will be the “millennial kingdom”: a 1,000-year period in which Christ will rule on earth in Jerusalem, after which God’s last judgment will occur. What happens in the Middle East is significant as it points to the certainty of the millennial kingdom and the second coming of Jesus Christ. For many evangelicals, a prophetic precondition must occur before Jesus will return. Orthodox Jews, His chosen people must declare “Jesus as Messiah” to become what we know as Messianic Jews. Some beleivers, adopt what is known as Christian Zionism, a belief that war in the Middle East is, fundamentally, part of God’s plan. But how much influence do these attitudes have on foreign policy? Johnnie Moore, a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory council, denied reports that theological attitudes played a significant role in Trump’s decision to move the embassy. “This was geopolitical opinion, more than theology,” Moore told reporters shortly after Trump’s decision to move the embassy was announced. Vice President Pence has given talks with Christian Zionist ideas to sympathetic organizations like Christians United for Israel. Bannon, the ex-Trump adviser who was still working in the White House at the time Trump initially announced his decision to move the embassy, also is an outspoken Christian Zionist. Hoyle Israel Tour 2018

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  2. Here are parts of what President Trump said during his historic Christmas speech 2017:

    “For Christians this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all – the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.

    “Whatever our beliefs we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There’s hardly an aspect of our lives today that His life has not touched – art, music, culture, law and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person, everywhere in the world.

    “… At Christmas we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.

    “And so this Christmas we ask for God’s blessings for our family, for our nation. And we pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blessed with faith.”

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  3. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh – EMAIL FROM US SENATOR OF OKLAHOMA. Senator James Lankford wrote. “At the end of June, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench after 43 years of service. In the following days, President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to serve as Justice Kennedy’s replacement. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Judge Kavanaugh in my office to walk through his experience serving as a US Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Our conversation focused on the separation of powers and the role of each branch of government, First and Fourth Amendment judicial precedent, and constitutional interpretation. It was a pleasure to meet with him one-on-one, and I look forward to his confirmation hearings in early September and a vote on the Senate floor in the days ahead.

    If you would like to read more about Judge Kavanaugh, visit the “Current Issues” page on my website to access his 600-page biographical background, which includes links to additional pages of speeches, court opinions, and articles. Judge Kavanaugh has already turned over more than a million pages of background information, which is more than any other judicial candidate. CLICK HERE to access the “Current Issues” page.

    To read my statement on Justice Kennedy’s retirement, CLICK HERE. To read my statement on meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, CLICK HERE.

    Meeting with the President on Trade

    Last week, I sat down with President Trump and his staff to discuss the ongoing trade negotiations. Prior to our meeting, President Trump and the Commission President of the European Union announced they have agreed to work toward zero tariffs, buy more American natural gas, purchase America soybeans, and to wrap up trade disputes on cars, steel, and aluminum quickly. This is a significant step forward in our trade negotiations with Europe. During my meeting with President Trump, he laid out their plan to conclude all ongoing trade negotiations as soon as possible with Mexico, Canada, South Korea, and China.

    I’ve continued to share with my colleagues and the Administration the direct impact the tariffs have made on Oklahoma families. For example, steel tariffs negatively impact manufacturing; the softwood tariffs are increasing the cost of new homes; the price of commodities has dropped over the past several months as farmers have lost markets or faced foreign tariffs. Newspapers are feeling the pressure since the cost of papers has increased dramatically. The list goes on. The United States is 25 percent of the world’s economy, which means we can, and should, be able to see to the other 75 percent of the world.

    Free trade is good for our nation, good for our families, and good for our economy. I’m committed to ensuring that the Administration sees the negotiations through to bring stability back to the marketplace. CLICK HERE to read my statement following my meeting with President Trump and his staff.

    Last Thursday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. I asked him about the Administration’s goals to resolve trade negotiations and their plans to open new markets. CLICK HERE to watch my Q&A with him. The day before the Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, I spent a long time with Ambassador Lighthizer to talk one-on-one through trade policy and the direction of the global negotiations.

    Secure Elections Act

    The Secure Election Act is a bipartisan bill I introduced with my colleague Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota to strengthen election cybersecurity in America for the next election and future elections. The bill currently has 12 bipartisan cosponsors, including the Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. We should learn from the 2016 election and make the changes that are necessary to protect state’s voting systems from hostile nations like Russia.

    Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held two hearing on my bill. I testified in front of the Committee to urge them to pass this bill so states can streamline cybersecurity information-sharing with federal intelligence entities and to ensure support for state election cybersecurity infrastructure. On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee announced they will make technical changes to the bill during a committee hearing on August 15. This is one step closer to the bill being considered on the Senate floor.

    CLICK HERE to watch my testimony in front of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

    I also spoke on the Senate floor to lay out the story of how Oklahoma’s voting system was targeted by the Russians. CLICK HERE to watch the speech.

    Russia continues to interfere in many countries’ elections to create instability and doubt in government. We must work to ensure our elections and nation is secure from future attempts of hacking. CLICK HERE to watch my interview with ABC’s This Week last Sunday.

    The Breakdown with James Lankford

    I recently started a podcast entitled, The Breakdown with James Lankford. This is an opportunity to break down the difficult issues that in the news and dig deeper into all the moving parts of an issue. The first episode covered immigration and the separation of families. This week, I released the second episode which covers trade and tariffs.

    CLICK HERE to listen to the immigration podcast. CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast on trade.

    Religious Freedom Summit

    Two weeks ago, the State Department held a Ministerial to Advance International Religious Freedom. Senator Coons and I hosted a bipartisan event on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the summit. Earlier this week, I also had the honor to participate in the US Department of Justice Religious Liberty Summit in front of religious leaders of many faiths, legal scholars, and Administration staff. CLICK HERE to view my remarks at the summit.

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  4. Migrant Family Separation at the Border:

    This is a very complicated matter. It will not be solved quickly. Senator Lankford believes it should be U.S. policy to keep families together as much as possible.
    A policy known as the Flores Settlement Agreement led to the Departments of Homeland Security or Justice to be unable to keep children in custody with their parents for an extended period of time IF the parents are charged with a crime for crossing the border illegally. This agreement is the result of the 1997 Flores v. Reno court case, and subsequent interpretations by federal courts, about how to handle Unaccompanied Alien Children and family units who have crossed our border illegally.
    On June 19, Senator Lankford sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a halt of family separation while Congress works on a legislative fix.
    On June 20, Senator Lankford co-sponsored a bill (the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act) that would keep families together while ensuring the integrity and enforceability of our immigration laws. I appreciate that the President took action with an Executive Order, but I believe that legislation is still needed to withstand legal criticism, and also codify this policy into permanent law.
    Tax Reform:

    Throughout 2017, the President and the Congress made tax reform a priority.
    On November 9, 2017 the Senate Republican leadership also introduced a tax reform proposal (Tax Cuts & Jobs Act). The Senate passed an amended version of this bill on December 2, 2017. CLICK HERE to read Senator Lankford’s statement in support of the bill.
    On December 15, a joint House-Senate Conference Committee merged the two bills. CLICK HERE to read a summary of the Senate-House tax conference bill.
    On December 19, the House passed the Senate-House tax conference bill, and the Senate passed it on December 20. CLICK HERE to read Senator Lankford’s statement. CLICK HERE to view a special edition e-newsletter and video about the tax bill from Senator Lankford.

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