British Spy Linked to Phony Story

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The story that swirled in the headlines last week regarding a “dossier” that alleges sexual improprieties and Trump took bribes from Russia, is getting exposed. Donald Trump first hit back at CNN and BuzzFeed, calling them fake news (CNN) and a “failing pile of garbage” (BuzzFeed). Next he attacked the “sleazebag political operatives” in both parties and a former British spy as being responsible for the false account. He also put out several tweets, stating in one tweet that his people will have a full report on who is behind the story within 90 days.

The anti-Trump information was given by the FBI to President Obama and VP Joe Biden, then the next day repeated to Trump and his team. Biden said that it surprised him that the FBI felt they had to pursue the story. He added that the President questioned what the story had to do with anything. Neither he nor the President asked for details.

Trump then talked about the story in his press conference and was very angry. There was no credible evidence given for any of it. He compared the media behavior to Nazi conduct.

The British spy, Christopher David Steele, 52, has a history with the FBI. In 2010, he helped the FBI build its case against FIFA (international soccer court) officials. According to The Washington Post, Steele was seen leaving his home in London on Wednesday, possibly to avoid backlash from Russia.

Backstory: Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is not a Trump supporter, wrote that the media has become an instrument of the U.S. intelligence community. He said much of the media “reveres, serves, believes, and sides with hidden intelligence officials.” Greenwald added that they are willing to embrace any claim, even if there is no evidence to support it and without regard to how much damage it will cause to support those officials.

Greenwald and other analysts point to the CIA (and the military-industrial complex or “deep state”) as supporting politicians and policies that will enable and promote ongoing wars. Hillary Clinton, who as Secretary of State helped arm the Syrian rebels, was their preferred candidate. He also states the Deep State tried to subvert the U.S. election.

The military-industrial complex was first spoken of by President Dwight Eisenhower, who called it the greatest threat to democracy. It is unelected, very powerful, and continues regardless of who is in office. Eisenhower urged Americans to be vigilant in monitoring the military establishment and the weapons industry.

Why this Matters: Essentially, all fake news is propaganda. It is information driven by an agenda, so those who publish it think nothing of combining truth with elements of falsehood. Any anti-Russia agenda in the press and our government that conveniently blames Putin when the source is in question, is dangerous. Similarly, the allegations that Trump is a Russian spy or has taken money from the Russian government are dangerous. If allowed to flourish, those things will eventually erode his ability to govern.

How to Pray: Pray for the truth to be exposed and that the propagandists will be discredited. Pray for Trump’s ability to keep the peace and to govern effectively. Pray that God will use these attacks to keep Christians awake and that everything the enemy means for evil in Trump’s life, God will use for good.

Ps. 5:6 – You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

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The Paris Peace Conference is meeting in Paris to decide the fate of Israel. There are 70 nations gathering to discuss a “final solution” for the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Their stated purpose is to further isolate Israel and how to punish Israel for continuing to defy the UN Security Council resolution that makes is unlawful for Jews to occupy or even be in the “occupied territory,” include part of Jerusalem.

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Vatican City in Rome for the opening of the Palestinian Embassy. The UN has not yet acknowledged Palestine as a state, but Roman Catholic Pope Francis now has. The flag of Palestine will also fly there.

Recently, Donald Trump announced he will move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinians have threatened more violence if that happens.

France’s foreign minister said on Sunday this proposed move of the American embassy would be a “provocation,” and that President-elect Trump would not be able to.

us-embassy-tel-avivA spokesman for Fatah, an anti-Israel terror organization, said that moving the embassy will “open the gates of hell” in that region and in the world at large. The Palestinian leadership launched a campaign to block the relocation. Last Monday, Mahmoud Abbas sent letters to world leaders asking them to aid this effort. He emphasized that the move was an “attack on our history, religion, cultural heritage, and legal rights.”

The UK did not send any diplomats to the Paris peace conference. Instead, the British had “observer status” at the conference. They released a statement saying they had reservations about a conference with the goal of advancing Arab-Israeli peace which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis. The statement also said the timing of the conference was just days before the transition to a new American President, when the U.S. will be the “ultimate guarantor” of any agreement.

Trump’s team expressed disproval with the French government, the host of the conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will attend as an expression of the Obama administration’s support for the two-state solution.

Why this Matters: The UN resolution declares that Israeli construction east of the June 4, 1967 armistice line has no legal validity. The Palestinians deny any historical or cultural claim the Jews have to Jerusalem, including the wailing wall which is the only remnant of the first temple, or to Judea and Samaria–the West Bank and Golan Heights.

How to Pray: Father, we can rest in the knowledge that You hold the future of our planet in Your hands. Bless those who have blessed Israel.

Is. 10:22 – For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

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