By Michael D. Evans
The announcement by Israel's Agriculture Ministry last week that bird flu had been found at a kibbutz near Jerusalem was an ominous indication that the disease has not been confined to the country's South, where it first broke out about a month ago. Despite Israel's quick action to stem the outbreak, its arrival in the center of the country – as well as in neighboring Jordan – means that it is relentlessly spreading northward.
Israel acted quickly in attempt to prevent the spread of infection, destroying some 1.2 million turkeys and chickens in just nine days. This was amazingly fast, compared to other advanced countries. According to Israeli Agriculture Minister Ze'ev Boim, Japan took 23 days to destroy and bury the poultry at just one site, and 31 days to do the same at another. Canada, he said, destroyed 13 million infected birds over seven months and it took South Korea over three months to destroy and bury some 5 million fowl.
Closer to home, Israel faced the unusual problem of denial in Egypt, where Boim said the flu spread throughout the country before President Hosni Mubarak's government was forced to admit that it had a problem.
Even before the outbreak of avian flu in Israel, the country came to the aid of another country fighting the disease. At the beginning of March, Israel sent eight tons of emergency medical supplies to Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, to help it cope with its own outbreak of bird flu. The supplies, which included protective equipment against infection, were distributed to medical aid centers throughout the country, in the hope they would help prevent the epidemic from spreading to Nigeria's neighbors.
Today Israel is particularly concerned about the infection in the Gaza Strip, with its poultry population estimated at some 2 million. Israel has provided the Palestinian Authority with know-how and even poison to kill infected birds and has asked the World Bank to help out. Last weekend the bank agreed to give the PA $2 million to help compensate farmers for the loss of their fowl.
Meanwhile, Israel is compensating its hard-hit poultry farmers on its own as it continues to fight the outbreak, which the government is confident it has brought under control. It has done so by employing such sophisticated measures as setting up a central command center to coordinate all professional elements combating the disease and to update all government ministries.
The good news – so far – is that the disease has not been found in a single person in Israel. Several poultry handlers initially suspected of having been infected were found to be free of the virus.
Immediately following the discovery of the outbreak, the ministries of Health and Agriculture followed established procedure and began culling affected birds. On instruction from the World Health Organization, all birds in a 3-kilometer radius of the center of infection were destroyed. All persons who regularly handle poultry or who are often in their proximity are being tested by the health authorities.
But despite the fact that Israel's health and agricultural systems are among the best in the world – and the supervision of animal and public health, as well as food products, is meticulous – its very geography poses a tremendous challenge. Israel is right in the middle of the main bird migratory route between Europe and Africa.
Thus it was only a matter of time before avian flu was transmitted to Israel. The disease had already become endemic in the region, striking Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and Cyprus. Nevertheless, for the most part Israelis continue consuming poultry products, knowing that the virus very rarely infects humans and cannot survive the heat of cooking.
Even though Israel is a major rest stop for migrating birds, they may not necessarily be the principal agent in the spread of avian flu, according to Dan Alon, director of the Israel Ornithology Center. He insists that the best way to curb the spread of the disease is to make poultry farms more secure.
"The main thing to do is to reduce the connection between migrating and natural birds to farm birds. If a sparrow can get into a chicken farm or turkey farm, he can carry the flu and probably impact the entire farm," Alon said.
Unfortunately, that single sparrow isn't one in a million. Israel's unique location at the junction of Europe, Asia, and Africa places it in the center of the world's avian superhighway, crossed by some 500 million migrating birds twice a year. And while Israelis pray that their countermeasures will be effective, new outbreaks were reported in neighboring Jordan and Egypt just last week.
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Persia: The Final Jihad
Persia. The very word evokes images of kings and princes and tales of Arabian nights, of Scheherazade, the teller of 1001 stories of cunning and derring-do.
However, Persia was not solely acclaimed for the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, but for algebra, Backgammon, a postal service, military conscription, and advances in human rights.
Living in the FOG (Favor of God)
Until God gave me this revelation, I had no idea that Scriptures I had circled even as a child would have special significance in the years to come.
After having seen Jesus face-to-face at the age of eleven, I knew I wanted to hear His voice again. That is what sparked this amazing search. I learned through this revelation how to hear the voice of God again and again-through His Word.
As a young girl, Sarah Batsheva was infatuated with the handsome teenage boy who lived down the street. That teenage boy was Adolf Eichmann. It all seemed innocent and nice until Sarah's grandmother died, and then nothing was ever the same again.
Living Fear Free
Discover the secret of "replacing fear with joy" and learn how "you can enter into His rest by accepting the reality of the Atonement".
This uplifting book will remind you that "You are a soldier in the army of God…called, anointed, filled, blessed, and equipped and…more than a conqueror in Him". You will be inspired to "take courage as you go in His name" and filled with hope as you remember that "the best is yet to come!"
What is the real reason for the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between the Jewish and Muslim populations?
The Candidate was written in order to expose the lie of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and to reveal the extent to which this lie has led to the ongoing hatred of the Jewish people and the state of Israel by her racist enemies.
It was written in fiction form in order to reach beyond an audience of scholars, academics and political pundits to the common man. Most are unaware of the extent to which even their own opinions about modern Israel and the Jewish people have been subtly influenced by the anti-Semitic slurs which ultimately flow from this hate literature.
The Final Generation
Are the Prophetic Pieces Nearly in Place?
A diabolical counterfeit of God's ultimate plan of salvation seems to be spreading across the Middle East—and is playing out just as foretold in the Bible. While Western Christians seem to be growing more complacent and concerned with their personal comfort and success, a prophetic storm is gathering in the Middle East. Radical Islamists are preparing for the final battle, believing it will usher in a new age of Islamist supremacy.
Do you find these events as chilling as I do?
The Samson Option
Darkness blankets the eastern seaboard. From Maine to Georgia, the power grid is in shambles, destroyed by the pulse of a high-altitude nuclear detonation. Cities and towns of every size are on the verge of chaos. Only the military continues to function, frantically searching the seas for the two container ships bearing nuclear missiles poised for a second strike that will destory what remains of America. The President is convinced the attacks are the work of Al-Qa’ida operatives aided by elements within the Pakistani government. David Hoag knows the truth about who is really behind the attacks, but powerful forces in high places are bent on unleashing America's military might and Israel is poised for a response of its own. Can Hoag reach the President in the time to avert a worldwide disaster? Or, is the beginning of the end?
Events in the Middle East are rapidly moving toward total chaos. Eyes worldwide are directed toward every country except the one that is most important—Israel. It has been called the "world's canary in the coal mine." You know the story of how miners carried canaries into coal mines to detect poisonous methane gas. It was one of the first early warning systems.
Each of the countries that surround Israel—Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt—is in upheaval to some degree. The only matter on which all can agree is their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people.
Sorrowfully, the Liberal Left in America has drawn a line in the sand and stepped over to the other side—away from our long-time ally, Israel. President Barack Obama's one-world view has placed him squarely alongside the United Nations. He has cast his lot with those who would see Israel stripped, bleeding, and impotent to defend herself. No longer the Good Samaritan, he has befriended those who pass by on the other side and ignore the threat Israel faces.
IT’S A LIE THAT WOULD NOT DIE;
believed to be true by Adolf Hitler, Henry Ford, and the late Osama bin Laden. It was introduced by the Russian secret police in an attempt to bolster the reign of Tsar Nicholas II. It erroneously exposed his enemies as co-conspirators with the Jews in a plot to take over the world. This fabricated document was embraced by a religious fanatic, Sergei Nilus, and published in 1905 in Russia. He published three separate versions of the book, and the last in 1917 indicated that Theodor Herzl was the writer of the mythical conspiracy theory. The book birthed the pogroms in Russia, and was used by Hitler as an excuse to exterminate six million Jews in Europe. Many Muslim leaders worldwide keep it within reach as the most revered book, after the Quran. Every terrorist organization uses this plagiarized copy to support the vile acts it commits.
When a father forsakes his God-given responsibilities, Can a son find the strength to forgive?
… David took a deep breath and forced himself to think. God’s grace, he told himself, reaches to the depths of sin.
When a son is wounded beyond belief, Can he unleash the healing power of love on his entire family?
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison while hoping it will make your enemy sick, David thought to himself.
When a heaven-sent messenger draws near and empowers healing… Can a man of God believe what he sees?
As he sat there on the step the light through the window grew brighter again, filling the room and surrounding him with its glow.
You’ll love this moving story of grace and forgiveness beyond measure.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - Genesis 12:3
President Obama plans to succeed in dividing Jerusalem by 2012, blackmailing Israel over the Iran crisis to achieve his objective. "Never miss the opportunity of a crisis."
The president apparently feels that Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria are a fair trade in order to keep Iran (Persia) from going atomic. The Obama administration seems to be treating Israel as a property to be bartered — or perhaps more accurately — to be betrayed for the sake of expediency. The Arab world wants its 22nd Islamic state with its capital in Jerusalem for one simple reason: Muslims believe Israel is Arab land occupied by foreigners.
If America touches prophecy - Jerusalem - God's curse will fall upon America and upon President Obama as decreed in Genesie 12:3. The ancient prophet Zachariah cried out, "I will make Jerusalem a cup that will send all the surrounding people reeling … an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
An Islamic radical drives a Suburban loaded with explosives into the early morning drop-off line at a school in Denver.
In Chicago, another fanatical Muslim drives a gasoline truck into the Chicago Board of Trade building. Death and destruction rain down.
Terrorists crash small, explosive-laden airplanes into the airport in Atlanta, destroying two jumbo jets and the main terminal. All flights are grounded.
A nuclear bomb is exploded high above Washington, D.C. The entire East Coast power grid collapses. Everything is at a standstill.
This electrifying new fiction novel from Mike Evans traces the events from inception to execution — from the hopelessness of a world gone mad to a renewed hope.
Atomic Iran: Countdown to Armageddon
The Story Behind this Provocative Book
The Countdown to Armageddon Has Begun!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” Such a radical statement might seem like bravado and bluster, but the Iranian connection to rocket attacks on Israel make it crystal clear that the Islamic Republic has every intention of following through with its threats of total destruction. Most troubling of all, Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons with reckless determination as part of its mission to annihilate Israel, which Ahmadinejad calls a “stain of disgrace.”
With Iran’s history of contempt for the United Nations, the United States, Great Britain, and of course, Israel, such an apocalyptic event could happen at any moment. You need to take a stand!
Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos
The presidential election was a public sounding board for the much-touted failures of the Republican Party. He ran against a disgraced president in the aftermath of an unpopular war on a theme of "change." He kept his word, and change began. Barack Obama? No, Jimmy Carter!
Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos: An Obama/Carter Plan That Will Not Work, is a 550-page hardback revealing how Barack Obama and the Liberal Left are poised to repeat Carter's changes and mistakes!
Mistakes like providing checks of $150 million to the Ayatollah Khomeini to overthrow the Shah of Iran. This change lit the fuse of terrorism that exploded against the world when Khomeini declared April Fools Day 1980 "the first day of the government of God." Radical Islam was born. As if that weren't enough, Carter provided $500 million to the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom Fighters, who became the Taliban and Al-Qaeda