Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of sending out over two million Jew-hating comments to Facebook as part of a massive cyber-attack at Facebook in May.
Over three days, May 12-14, more hate messages poured into Facebook than any other time in its history. It was a very strange day for Facebook, as the messages were associated with the Jerusalem Prayer Team, the world’s largest Christian, pro-Israel Facebook page. It ranked 24th worldwide in engagement, with more than 77 million followers.
A similar page with 1,197,000 likes and 1,242,000 followers seemed a little strange. It looked like the Jerusalem Prayer Team, including a similar look and content, but was officially the Jerusalem Prayer Teams with an “s” added to the end of the name.
Another odd addition to the lookalike page was a picture of Netanyahu and Jerusalem Prayer Team Founder Mike Evans when they were both 28-years old. It was clearly a fake page. The content was fraudulent.
In addition, the usual posts of prayer and support for the Jewish people were replaced with violent anti-Semitic content. During the recent Hamas attacks, comments included, “Gaza under attack, Gaza under attack, Gaza under attack,” and a picture of the Hamas flag.
The violent content stood alongside devotional content from Evans and comments from Netanyahu.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, was allegedly involved in sending over 2 million hateful anti-Semitic comments to Facebook. The claim is laughable. Why would the Jerusalem Prayer Team become an anti-Semitic tool of Hamas? It’s one of the world’s largest Facebook pages.
But the event was no laughing matter. During this controversy, Facebook shut down the authentic Jerusalem Prayer Team Facebook page, ending prayers among the 77 million followers. There was no warning, and its ruling was deemed final. The only reason given was the allegation the page violated rules related to spam and unauthentic behavior.
Instead, the truth is that the event may have been the largest cyber-attack in Facebook’s history, and certainly the most anti-Semitic comments posted on a Facebook page in 72 hours. The Israeli prime minister’s picture or name is included in nearly every comment.
The real culprit is a man named Ahmed Saleh. He said, “I hacked the page because it did not reflect the real image of Zionism and to stand under His Majesty’s firm stance on the Al Aqsa mosque, Muslim holy site in Palestine, and Hashemite Kingdom. The page was created to glamorize the public image of Zionism, and mask its crimes.”
He added another post on Facebook saying he used botnets. They farmed a huge network of viruses, and they act according to orders from a troll center to add millions of likes to your pages. That’s how he added Netanyahu’s face on so many comments.
The Daily Pakistan website reported, “The rating of the social networking giant Facebook has dropped from 4.0 to 2.5 on Play Store after it was hammered by a large number of users for censoring the content related to the recent developments in Palestine and the massacre of unarmed civilians in Gaza at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces.”
The hacker gave an interview with a Jordanian news source. He has a picture of Facebook on his phone and shared with Jordan’s Ahmed Saleh on Saturday how he hacked the Jerusalem Prayer Team on Facebook, which allegedly garnered almost 76 million likes. “I received word that Facebook created a page in support of the Zionist and had falsely given 76 million likes on the page. You may not even view the page, but still could find that you are a friend and had liked it.” Saleh told Alghad, “I attacked the page because it did not reflect the real image of Zionism and to stand under our Majesty’s firm stance on the LX Hamas. The page has been officially shut down due to its unofficial support of the Zionist entity and for breaching the privacy of Facebook users by adding their likes to the page without notifying them.”
He added, “The social media platform used external applications which had been granted access to user accounts and managed to like the pages on their behalf.”
Ahmed Saleh is very clear about his motives. He’s seeking the destruction of Israel and wants Israelis killed. He has posted images of swastikas and Nazi symbols on his own Facebook, which is still active. During Operation Protective Edge, Saleh openly provided help to Hamas terrorist fighters by publicly supplying them with suggested locations to attack.
He provided images or screenshots to exact locations that he described as sensitive locations for the resistance of the target, including the site’s Patriot missile pads, and even including exact horizontal and vertical details of the location to help Hamas rocket launchers deliver precise targets.
Strangely, he only has 5,000 friends and 2,600 followers on Facebook, but then his new Facebook page has 77 million followers. It’s the Jerusalem Prayer Teams page (with an “s” added) that is protected by the monarchy in Jordan because he’s been a vocal, loyal supporter of the royal family.
The posts throughout the Middle East include glorious celebration. “We did it. We destroyed the virus, the Zionist,” one post said.
Another wrote, “Congratulations to our viewers. The Jerusalem Prayer Team, the Jew page, has been disabled and removed successfully from Facebook. Congratulations to all our viewers.”
They’re bragging and celebrating over the entire Islamic world over the biggest cyber-attack they have successfully pulled off.
Others have become upset. Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, tweeted, “Facebook shut down the world’s biggest pro-Israel website, 77 million followers, rather than protect them from a massive cyber-attack by radical Islam.” Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, “This… is…nuts.” Sean Hannity tweeted, “Facebook Shuts Down Prayers for Israel Page with Over 77 Million Followers.” Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted, “Why does FB hate @Israel? And Christians who support it?”
On and on, the tweets continue. Gadi Taub tweeted, “This is outrageous. 77 million members have lost their forum. Is prayer for Jerusalem now against Facebook’s ‘community standards’? Because prayers for Israel’s destruction by murderous anti-Semites, such as Iran’s leaders, are somehow fine by those same standards.”
Many of the fake posts include a picture of Mike Evans alongside Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife Tammy. The event celebrated the first anniversary of the embassy dedication hosted by Evans, who also hosted the official gala for the embassy dedication and put up 220 billboards in support of Donald Trump moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
What do Benjamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel do now? That’s the question. They have been slandered and accused of unspeakable crimes on a social media platform owned by a Jew named Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg could have stopped these posts in one hour. He didn’t have to wait 72 hours to act. His company had the tools to stop them. But he didn’t stop them. Why not? Why did he allow the biggest cyber-attack to take place over 72 hours despite more than a dozen appeals by Mike Evans’ team to stop it? They did nothing except notify Evans that he was going on vacation for a week and a half.
The attitude now seems to be that “since we have burned your house down and sacrificed you for ransom against a Hamas cyber-attack, don’t be upset. You’re just a pissant and nobody cares. Enjoy your life.”
Mike Evans and his son are receiving death threats. If the State of Israel does not have the hutzpah to stand up to Mark Zuckerberg, then shame on you.
Evans appealed on Newsmax on Thursday for every senator to sign up with Mike Pompeo to add their name to a letter to Zuckerberg after Mike Pompeo investigated all the facts. Israel could easily make that happen. The Israeli embassy is in touch with every one of those senators. With one click of a computer, that request could go out to every senator.
It’s time for Israel to fight cyber wars and win them. Mike Evans has been fighting them single handedly for years. He is the one that mobilized evangelicals who brought about all the astonishing feats in four years with Donald Trump. Evans was the one whispering into Donald Trump’s ear on matters related to Israel. He’s been a cherished friend of Netanyahu for 41 years.
Now Netanyahu and Evans, two of the world’s top supporters of Israel, are being labeled as two of the biggest anti-Semites ever thanks to a Jew named Mark Zuckerberg. How did Zuckerberg let this happen? Did he want to so he could show hundreds of millions of angry Muslims during the Gaza War that he was their friend? Was this motivated by money?
The story of a blind man named Bartimaeus in Mark chapter 10 is a beautiful illustration of how to unleash more of God’s favor in your life—even when your situation appears hopeless. One minute this man was begging along the roadside, just as he had done for much of his life. But in a moment’s time, everything changed for him.
Suddenly, he could see! He had received a new beginning beyond his wildest dreams.
Bartimaeus had stumbled upon the secret to unleashing God’s miracle-working power, and his life would never be the same. When he went to sleep that night, his life was completely different than it was when he had awakened that morning.
You see, the Favor of God (F.O.G.) is all you really need. Everything else will follow when you seek Him and His kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Bartimaeus started his day seeking favor from anyone passing by on the road, but then he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was coming by. Faith began to rise in the heart of this blind man, for he knew that Jesus was no ordinary man. “‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’” (v. 47) Bartimaeus cried out. At that point, people in the crowd told him to be quiet, but he “cried out all the more” (vs. 48).
If you need some kind of breakthrough in your life today, it begins when you recognize that Jesus is nearby and you begin to call out to Him by faith. And a crucial principle here is to not let anyone talk you out of your plea to the Savior! There will always be naysayers, trying to discourage you and undermine your faith, but you need to keep crying out to Jesus for your miracle.
Something stunning happens at this point in the story: “So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called” (v. 49). If not for the impassioned cries of Bartimaeus, Jesus would have passed right on by. But sensing faith in the voice of this blind beggar, Jesus “stood still.” If you’ve been crying out to Jesus for some kind of turnaround in your life, I encourage you to take a moment to picture Him stopping…pausing…standing right in front of you. Yes, the Lord of all creation is taking time to stop and hear your petition, ready to meet your need!
Jesus asked Bartimaeus one of the most important questions in the entire Bible—and it’s the same question He is asking YOU today: “What do you want Me to do for you?” (v. 51).
Let that sink in for a moment. Jesus is right there with you, and He wants you to tell Him what your greatest need is. What, exactly, do you want Him to do for you? This is a critical component of what it takes to unleash the F.O.G. in your life:
When Bartimaeus’ breakthrough came, it was sudden and amazing: “immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road” (v. 52). Of course, Jesus could have told the blind man that his healing would come gradually, over a long period of time, but that was not the case with Bartimaeus. Jesus had unleashed the miraculous, and the results were instantaneous.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, in Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1
A shocking study released in 2018 during the week of Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, revealed that the horrors of the Holocaust are being erased from people’s minds—especially the young. The survey revealed the two-thirds of American millennials (those aged between 22 and 37) could not identify what Auschwitz was. Perhaps even more startling was the revelation that more than one of every five millennials said that they either had not heard of the Holocaust or were not sure whether they had heard of it.
This news coupled with the rising tide of anti-Semitic threats and attacks in Europe, Africa, Asia, and even here in America, is a grim warning for the future. There are no guarantees that the horrors of the past will not be repeated. If the spirit and knowledge that motivated the pledge “Never Again” are forgotten, the evil that motivated the last attempt to destroy the Jewish people will return to power and attempt to finish the job.
The lack of knowledge about the Holocaust is partly the result of the success of Israel’s enemies in denying and downplaying the horrors of Hitler’s plot to exterminate the Jewish people. Partly it is the result of the passage of time. More than 70 years have gone by since the final death camps were liberated in 1945 and the wholesale slaughter brought to an end. And finally, this tragic lack of knowledge is partly from a failure of any particular plan to reach future generations with the truth.
The only major Christian ministry working to educate and activate millennials to support Israel is your Jerusalem Prayer Team. The wonderful news is that a huge portion of our online members are millennials who have taken up the cause of supporting Israel. Make no mistake—this is a crucial battle for Israel’s future. Today’s college and university campuses are hotbeds of anti-Semitism. If we sleep, the next generation of leaders will turn against Israel. There must be a powerful online program to educate and activate millennials…and that is exactly what we are doing.
Jerusalem matters. It is vital to God’s plan for the past, present, and future of our world. All of the land, including Jerusalem, was a gift from Jehovah, and the ownership of Israel’s land is non-negotiable. In March 2002, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) addressed the issue of Israel’s right to her land: “Every new archaeological dig supports the fact that the Jews have had a presence in Israel for 3,000 years—coins, cities, pottery, other cultural artifacts. The Jews’ claim predates the claim of any other people in the region. The ancient Philistines are extinct as are other ancient peoples. They do not have the unbroken line the Israelis have. Ownership is and will be in the hands of God’s Chosen People—forever.”
When you sign your name to a check, you represent that you possess the amount indicated on that check. God wrote His Name in Jerusalem, and He has the power and authority over that which His name represents. On July 30, 1980, the Israeli Knesset voted to affirm a united Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Shortly afterward, I had the privilege of speaking with the man who would become my dear friend, Prime Minister Menachem Begin. We discussed the vastness of the territory held by Israel’s enemies. For instance, at that time the population of Israel was roughly 7.8 million, compared to the population of 300 million living in the surrounding Arab countries.
To this day, the countries trying to foist a Palestinian state off on Israel do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Holy City is the symbol of all that Israel represents in our world. Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem’s first mayor wrote: “Jerusalem, this beautiful, golden city, is the heart and soul of the Jewish people. One cannot live without a heart and soul. If you want one single word to symbolize all of Jewish history, that word is Jerusalem.”
The very name of the Holy City evokes a stirring in the heart and soul of both Jew and Christian. It has been called by many names: City of God, City of David, Zion, the City of the Great King, Ariel (Lion of God), Moriah (chosen of the Lord). But only one name resonates down through the centuries—Jerusalem! David’s city!
A world map drawn in 1581 features Jerusalem at its very center with the then-known continents of the world surrounding it. It resembles a ship’s propeller with the shaft in the center being Jerusalem. Another analogy is of Jerusalem as the navel of the earth.
Jerusalem belongs to God despite the detractors who wish to offer the city up as appeasement to her avowed enemies. Satan would dance gleefully should Israel be forced to make that move. When the Messiah returns, it will be to the City of David, not to al Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem.) This is why we are the Jerusalem Prayer Team—the largest prayer movement in history—dedicated to fighting the spirit war for the future of the Holy City, the Jewish people, and the nation of Israel.
For many decades now, I’ve traveled the world as an ambassador for Christ and a herald of His life-changing favor. In every continent and nation, I’ve met people in search of new beginnings, and they yearn to live in the Favor of God (F.O.G.). They see the marvelous promises the Lord has given them in the Scriptures, but often they’re frustrated because they don’t know how to activate those promises.
When I talk with people in my travels, they tell me of their desire for breakthroughs in their life. Some need God’s healing touch in their body or their emotions. Others are desperate for a financial turnaround. Many are seeking a breakthrough in their marriage or with their children.
It grieves my heart that many of these precious people can quote Bible verses about the promises of God, yet they often are missing some crucial ingredient of implementation and activation. They lack the necessary tools to bridge the gap between the doctrine of God’s favor and the actual experience of that favor.
I want to help YOU experience more of God’s favor so you can receive the breakthroughs you need. As you learn how to implement these truths, your life will never be the same!
If you’ve spent any time reading God’s Word, you’ve surely seen that your Heavenly Father loves you and wants to bless you with the good things of life. Jesus makes this absolutely clear in Matthew 7:11: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
As much as your earthly father may love you, your Heavenly Father loves you more…so much more. Your Father in heaven longs to show you His kindness, approval, and favor. However, it breaks God’s heart—and breaks my heart as well—to see so many of His children missing out on the abundant life He wants them to have (John 10:10). Often, they are trying hard to do the right things, but something is missing.
My friend, if you are frustrated today in some area of your life—such as your finances, your relationships, your emotions, or your health—I have good news for you: The Favor of God (F.O.G.) can reverse your losses and turn things around for you! Living in the F.O.G. will help you turn the head of God, touch the heart of God, and move the hand of God. It’s a place where you can gain affirmation from the Father and His Word rather than from those around you—at home, at work, or wherever else you may be. As God’s favor releases emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial success into your life, you will no longer have to allow people or problems to define you.