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February 11, 2018

World Anti-Semitism Will Never Die

 

There is an underlying distaste of the Biblical definition of the Israelites as the Chosen People. This has been taken by the non-Jewish world to mean that the Jews find themselves to be better than everyone else. It never occurs to them that what being the Chosen People was that the Israelites were, or at least Abraham, Isaack and Jacob were the first people who followed Hashem and were to live by the laws Hashem would impart to Moses at Mount Sinai during the Exodus. The Jews are not to believe they are any better than anyone else, they are to hold themselves to a higher standard through the six-hundred-thirteen commandments in Torah and the other laws and admonitions which would be imparted through the Oral Law. Jews were expected to try harder to be the best society they could possibly accomplish. The truth be told, the Jews were actually set up for continued failure as the standard set for them was to become beyond their societal ability to reach and maintain. Sustaining the egalitarian love of all and acceptance of equality of humankind all while living a structured life which kept to the strict thin line guided by Torah and the Oral Law was difficult. The rules Hashem had given at Mount Sinai were an addition to the former code which Hashem gave Noah as the basis for civilized society known as the Noahic Code which contained seven rules (see image below). These were the initial laws which predated the Ten Commandments which were in addition to the Noahic Code and even restated some of the Noahic Code. The Ten Commandments were just the initial installment at Mount Sinai and were followed by Torah which is a combination of history book and code for life and the means for governance when the Israelites entered the Promised Land. The one thing which becomes obvious to one reading Torah is that the Israelites, the modern Jews, were expected to live exemplary lives which would allow them to be granted the grace of Hashem which would also lead to their not suffering from want. The successes they would receive for following the laws set forth in the Torah and explained and fleshed out by the Oral Law would make others desire to live similar lives and also be thusly rewarded. The success was not supposed to make the Jews appear better than anyone else, they were supposed to be an example which others would desire to live a similar life and also be rewarded. Unfortunately, this was not how things were interpreted by much of the outside world.

 

Noahic Codes

Noahic Codes

 

What occurred instead was that some decided that they would simply conquer the Israelite lands and take their wealth. Most of the civilizations who attempted this met with destruction while the Israelites were observant of the Commandments given them by Hashem. But eventually the Israelites turned from the narrow path and this led to their being conquered by foreign powers. The first time this happened was when the Babylonians under Nebakanezzer conquered the Israelites. This still left two tribes from the Twelve Tribes unconquered, the Tribes of Judah and the far smaller tribe of Benjamin. These former Israelites were referred to as Judeans and they would also fall to the Babylonians some years later. The first ten tribes of the Israelites had assimilated by the time the Judeans fell and were considered lost and dispersed becoming the Ten Lost Tribes. When Judah finally fell, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the First Temple. The Judeans went into captivity and this was referred to as the first exile which was described to Abraham by Hashem. The Prophet Ezekiel prophesized the Jews were to be punished for 430 years because they had turned away from Hashem. The Persians under Cyrus the Great defeated the Babylonians and freed their Jewish captives about 70 years after Judah lost independence to Babylon. This left 360 years which the Jews would require a second exile to fulfill as one must pay Hashem when one strays. We will have more about this when it becomes pertinent. Meanwhile, the Jews, some of them, not all as Hashem had commanded, returned and began rebuilding the Temple. Cyrus the Great was aware of the history of the Israelites and did not desire enslaving them as doing so could bring the wrath of Hashem onto the Persians, something which did eventually happen when the Persians attempted to kill the Jews within their kingdom many years later (the story of Queen Esther and the story around Purim in the Megillah of Esther). The real problem was that the Jews who remained residing in the Persian Empire rather than returning to the Promised Land and live as Hashem commands became assimilated and began worshiping the Persian idols and gods. This and the eventual straying by the Jews eventually spread also to the Judeans who had returned to the Promised Land who were again conquered this time by the Hellenist Greeks. This was followed by the Romans, which was when the name Judean proved too burdensome for the lazy Romans who simplified it shortening the name simply to Jew.

 

Do you remember the 360 years which the Jews still would be required to serve in exile we talked of earlier? Well, now we will explain their importance along with some very unbelievable truths from history. In Leviticus 26:18, Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:24 and Leviticus 26:28 the Torah spells things out quite clearly, should the Jews not fully repent their sins they would be punished increased by a factor of seven. As we have already established, the Israelites, by then having become Judeans and who would soon become Jews, strayed leading to their being conquered and sent again into exile. Their required time left to serve was 360 years but was prophesized in Leviticus to be increased seven fold, meant that their exile would last 2,520 years. Yes, this was going to be a very long and unprecedented exile and if the Judean, Jews, were to actually survive and ever return to the Promised Land, it would be an undeniable miracle. On the original lunar Jewish calendar, this actually translates to 2,484 years. The exile, according to historical records, began in 536 BCE. If one takes 536 BCE and moves forward 2,484 years it required taking the 2,484 years of exile and subtract the 536 years before the start of the modern calendar and you get a result of 1948 AD, the exact year of the founding of the modern Jewish State of Israel. Another prophesy comes from Isaiah 66:7-8 where it states, “Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.” Israel did come into being in a single day declared a nation holding her Biblical borders from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, some parts of which were lost in her initial war against six invading Arab armies on the day she was founded on May 15, 1948, yet she has survived every attempt to dislodge the Jewish People to this day. The modern state of Israel has been a miracle in every sense of the word and the founding exactly as numerous prophecies had predicted to her survival despite all the efforts to destroy her. The continued survival of the Jews through all the challenges of history is another source of anti-Semitism. There are those who believe that the Jews were an ancient people whose existence today has to be an aberration against nature and as such, they believe the Jews are an affront before all they worship and believe.

 

Some anti-Semitism has religious basis in that they believe that the Jews and Judaism have been replaced by their faith. This is the basis of replacement theology which was prevalent throughout Catholicism, all of Christianity and throughout Islam. There have been some attempts at moderating the resultant hatreds spawned by replacement theology and the belief that because these religions which have presumed to have replaced the Jews as the chosen of Hashem, the Jews became under the control of the devil and now worship and do the bidding of the devil. The Jews have thus been relegated to hell and because of their being an aberration of Hashem and damned by Hashem are thus less than human and as such to be spurned. Further, as they have become damned, they are the first to be suspected of being responsible for any calamity which befalls a community. This has led to many historic pogroms where the Jews were blamed for crop failures, diseases, financial failings and untold other calamities and even simple restlessness leading to violence such as resulting from uncommon heatwaves or prolonged frigid times or any uncommon or distressed natural event. These are easily explained events just as when during the Crusades when the leaders of the forces would know that waiting until battle in the Middle East to have their men take life for the first time would lead to many hesitating resulting in their death at the hands of their enemies. Instead, often the commanders would find a Jewish town and have their men turn on the Jews killing many in the town until the rest fled into the surrounding forests becoming too dispersed and thus would take too long to hunt down. Some commanders would repeat these drills in successive Jewish towns which eventually led to the Jews in the path of Crusaders to flee their villages until they had long passed. These types of anti-Semitism have mostly ended in modern life but anti-Semitism continues leading some to ask why and seek explanations.

 

Modern anti-Semitism has a number of reasons, some remaining from ancient periods such as the remaining remnants existing from replacement theology. Some anti-Semitism comes from preexisting anti-Semitism where parents share their feelings so frequently within the home and between friends who share their bigotries among which include anti-Semitism. But there exists one heinous source for modern anti-Semitism which is all but impossible to stamp out because the sources itself are some Jews. There are those who watch the Jews in their lives closely seeking to find them failing to act honorably and being irreligious. They revel in finding Jews who fall short morally and that leads them to believe that all Jews are failed people. This eventually leads to suspicions that Jews are operating nefariously while using false religious observance to hide behind. They begin to claim that all Jews fake their faith and are really using their faith as a cover allowing them to gain wealth or power or success at the cost of others. Those who hold these feelings will blame their failures on these cheating Jews and this drives their anti-Semitism. They then spread their belief that the Jews are cheating everybody in order to gain their wealth, power and take over the society, steal and bankrupt their nations or other acts of bad faith spread to cover all Jews. They find one bad apple and damn the entire barrel. This form of anti-Semitism has proven to be very contagious, easily spreading throughout a civilization like a wildfire. The reality is that all it takes is one bad actor who was born a Jew to start the suspicions. Soon such suspicion begins to become the object to blame any Jew who has more success, more fame, more anything and the claim will fall back to that Jew they know gained through illicit acts and his guilt is passed on to every Jew who has success which a jealous person cannot explain. They will ignore the Jew working longer hours or having a better education or whatever might be a more accurate explanation and instead simply go to the more comforting idea that their gains were ill gotten. It is easier to explain away one’s lack of success and another’s faster rise to their cheating rather than their hard work. Thus, any Jew who succeeds gives cause for feelings of anti-Semitism. All because one Jew fell short in honesty or righteousness or whatever shortcoming they were caught committing. This should be sufficient for every Jew to exercise greater care in their actions and the way they live their lives.

 

The sources of anti-Semitism are numerous, some ancient, some contemporary. Many are impossible for the Jews to prevent. Some are religious in their origins. Some are pure jealousy. The reasons are impossible to quantify and all too many have so many various origins that they defy definition. The main means of fighting anti-Semitism would be for all Jews to live a Torah observant life and be an exemplary individual in their community and in all areas where they meet others. Jews need be above reproach in all acts and treat every person fairly and with great love of all humanity. But even if every Jew were to live up to the expectations of Torah, follow even all of the Oral Law and treat everyone as they desire to be treated, there would still be those who would find some reason to blame the Jews with cheating everyone to get ahead. Anti-Semitism will never be stamped out until the coming of the Messiah and the Messianic Age. Until then the Jews will be singled out for special hatreds and suffer for unmet expectations. So, we await the Messiah and must assist every Jew to live a more proper Torah observant life and incorporating the teachings of the Oral Law within their lives treating all people with respect and fairness. It will not end anti-Semitism, but it might lessen the number of people suffering this societal disgrace.

 

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January 8, 2018

Are the World’s Jews About to Come Out of the Desert?

 

There are some interesting numbers concerning the Jewish People over their history. Their time in Egypt supposedly was four-hundred years. These years in which them served as bonded workers building the Pharos’s city, left them unable to act as a people or serve in a military capacity. This resulted in their spending forty years in the desert wandering from camp site to camp site until the generations of bonded workers had mostly died off or were too old to be expected to fight, they had become the hangers on. The youth who came out of Egypt did largely have the ability to fight so were allowed to enter the lands which are Israel. With this math behind us, forty years in the desert to remove four-hundred years outside being responsible for protecting themselves, let us move onward.

 

Ezekiel said the Jews were to be punished for 430 years because they had turned away from Hashem. This was to become the Babylonian exile. The Persians under Cyrus the Great defeated the Babylonians and freed their Jewish captives about 70 years after Judah lost independence to Babylon. This left 360 years which the Jews would require a second exile to fulfill as one must pay Hashem when one strays. In Leviticus 26:18, Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:24 and Leviticus 26:28 the Torah spells things out quite clearly, should the Jews not fully repent their sins they would be punished increased by a factor of seven. Since most of the Jews freed from Babylon decided to live in the Persian society and adopted pagan ways, which is not exactly repenting, their remaining 360 years were multiplied by seven meaning their time in the Diaspora or under foreign occupation became 2,520 years on the original lunar Jewish calendar which translates to 2,484 years. Count from 536 BCE forward 2,484 years and you arrive at 1948. One can only imagine how long it will take to bring the Jews from their over two millennial exile to having their faith restored in themselves as a people? What is interesting is the difference we have noted in the Jews who have returned from many corners of the globe living here in our little berg in Israel to the majority of Jews who have thusfar remained in the Diaspora. The differences are stark.

 

We have spoken about how the majority of people in the synagogue we belonged to in the United States were confounded when we informed them we were on our way to live in Israel. They could not understand why we would leave what they viewed as the promised land to go to the ravaged lands in the Middle East, of all places. They cried about leaving the safety of living in the leading nation in the world to live in an undeveloped land in the world’s hellhole. These were the same Jews who recoiled at the thought that one of their fellow members had served in the Army, even if it was the United States Army, because Jews did not serve in the military. They were equally if not more deplored at the news that we had firearms, numerous firearms, and we enjoyed shooting them at targets. Perhaps it was better not to talk about hunting season as even had we denied ever having shot any animals, they had already considered our morality shot, as were our targets. And that we voted for conservative politicians and refused to denounce Netanyahu for disagreeing with President Obama on Iran, well, what can we add.

 

One of our staff has resided all across the United States and can attest that this final congregation was pretty much indicative of the vast majority of Jews which they met. One thing, being the exception was something a politically conservative Jew outside of Orthodox communities was an outlier and treated as an outcast. Israel is slowly becoming more Zionistic and conservative, though many of our friends might take exception. With time, Israel is very likely to become more religious, and our same friends might disagree, but that is our best prediction. What is nice is predictions cannot be judged as valid or invalid until we reach the future. What could make a difference in the balance would be if large percentages of European and North American Jews make Aliya, bring their liberal politics with them, and refuse to alter their opinions to meet new realities. Then, many may not see any new realities and remain entrenched in their political bubble. That could be detrimental for the future of Israel as it already took Israel twenty years to come to the realization that the Arabs do not desire an actual state for their Palestinian brothers, they just want Israel destroyed and the Palestinian Arabs are the bludgeon they plan on using for that purpose and they will forget them should they ever succeed. Fear is that should large numbers of Diaspora Jews come to Israel because they are forced from their homes or feel a changing societal structure where they are no longer safe and secure, that might work to Israel’s detriment and it might just be the wakeup call needed to bring them to realize the world is not anywhere near the utopian dream they had imagined. Dreams are a difficult thing to give up upon, though sometimes reality has its way of forcing people to admit new realities and with it, make what would otherwise be drastic changes to their mindset.

 

Where is this leading, well, to the old discussion of what is one Jewish life worth? Through far too much of the histories of the two main Jewish societies, the one throughout Europe and the one spread across MENA* Muslim lands, a Jewish life often was taken without penalty. Under Sharia, a Jew was worth half that of a Muslim and often even less and a Jewish life could be taken by a Muslim for the most minimal of reasons without question. In Europe, often when there was some calamity, be it from natural causes, financial difficulty or any other cause, the Jews were often found to have been the cause and they were dispossessed of their wealth, if they were fortunate, or murdered often after torture and cruelty all but unimaginable in much of the modern world. Both lines of Jews had their golden ages when the Jews were free to study, invent, discover and make strides for the human race. These ages grew slowly and all too often ended quite abruptly and violently. Then there were the fringes where Islam and Christianity met. The two areas we will talk of are the Holy Lands in general and Jerusalem specifically for one and Spain for the other. Spain is the easiest example ever as when the Muslim conquests reached Spain, their initial plunge left Christian and Jew often fleeing their homes leaving much behind and those who remained often were put to the sword or dispossessed of their wealth and permitted to live in service of their conquerors. After a period, Spain had its initial golden age where all three religions lived with Jews residing in Christian and Muslim areas and enjoying the peace and security provided them. Then things changed when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella decided that Spain would be a purely Christian nation and thus began the Spanish Inquisition. The initial and main target was to be the Muslims who were driven back across the Gibraltar Straights into Northern Africa and those captured were forced to endure torture and often death and if fortunate simply offered the choice of conversion or death. In some cases, they were executed shortly after their conversion for not having been sincere. The Jews fled with the Muslims, even if they had resided in Christian areas, as they were also being forced to convert or die if fortunate while others were simply tortured and then executed. These conversions led to a group of Jews known as Marranos who took on the vows for Catholicism but continued to practice their Judaism in secret evading the oversight of the Inquisition who at the slightest suspicion would raid former Jewish homes looking for signs of the illegal worship. These raids were also used to steal items containing precious metals, gems or simply stealing their money.

 

The other area where the two religions face one another was over the Holy Lands and Jerusalem. We list Jerusalem separately because of its importance to both religions, to the Christians because of Jesus’s life and death at the hands of the Romans with complicity of the Roman approved Jewish leadership in the Second Temple. The Jews were the religion between the waring parties and as they swept through an area; the Jews were often executed for virtually any reason. They were accused and convicted of spying for the other side, aiding and abetting the other side and even of taking up arms against whichever side was under attack. In Jerusalem, things were more severe and strict as whichever side controlled Jerusalem, their efforts to convert or sometimes eliminate all those not following their religion in a purification of the Holy City. Jerusalem changed hands numerous times during the Crusades and each time the Jews were to be counted amongst the losers. Christians swept in and Muslim and Jews were endangered and Muslims sweep in and Christians and Jews were endangered. There were brief periods when Jerusalem was not in danger of being attacked and all three religions were permitted relative freedoms though the ruling religion could change those conditions on a whim or suspicions of things more dire. Still, it must be noted that Jerusalem was a religious prize and not a political one as it was never named as the capital of any state, it was simply Jerusalem, holy to Christians as the place where Jesus preached and was crucified and to the Muslims because it was holy to Christians and Jews it represented their superiority over the other religions.

 

Burning Israel Star of David

 

The idea that a Jewish life is next to worthless has changed, at least in Israel and much of the developed world. Jews are no longer murdered by the actions of the state in most of the world and in places where being a Jew and practicing Judaism is illegal or almost extinct, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, Judaism is treated almost as a museum piece, a curious oddity. The Daily Wire has a more extensive list which we chose not to use. Still, much of the Arab Muslim world and a few additional Muslim nations refuse entry to Israelis and some to any who claim to be Jewish. This and their having expelled the largest majority of their Jews with only the oldest remaining and thus their Jewish population is either not having children or are mostly marrying outside the religion and bringing the children up as their spouse’s religion, as allowing them to continue as Jews would make their lives far more difficult. North Korea is rumored to exclude Jews from entry except on diplomatic passport and has no surviving Jews within their population. In Europe, they are finding that protecting Jewish life can become expensive and burdensome. This is why, with few exceptions, protection of Jewish institutions is taken only after an attack on one and then only for a few weeks until the issue dies off and is not covered in the news and needing to show police guarding a synagogue or other Jewish institution is no longer necessary. France is a notable exception as they have stationed active duty military to guard Jewish schools, day care facilities, synagogues and even some kosher markets as promised by the former Prime Minister and the Parliament. We can only wonder how long that will last, probably until the next election when a more leftist government is elected. In the United States, the Jews are treated as equal to every other citizen, granted the same rights, have the same privileges, free to work or reside where they please, and are protected against any discrimination. Still, there is a growing anti-Semitism in the United States, and if you were to ask, most people would claim it was groups like the neo-Nazis, the KKK and other “right wing” haters (Nazis of any stripe are still socialist which is a leftist ideology). The problem is, unnoticed by many, the growing anti-Semitism on the left. They claim they are simply pro-Palestinian and are fighting against racism when in reality they are anti-Semitic or at least anti-Israel, which is much the same. These people did not protest when the Syrian government shelled their largest Palestinian refugee camp for three days straight and then bombed it with barrel bombs. That was Arab on Arab hate and not the kind of anti-Palestinian action about which they care. When Kuwait expelled three-hundred-thousand Palestinian workers after the First Gulf War, as Arafat supported Saddam Hussein, there was no cry from the pro-Palestinian forces, that was completely understandable and not at all like Israel when they shoot a Palestinian simply for brandishing a knife; well, brandishing and using to stab and slash Israelis at a bus stop or other gathering place. Israel has placed a high price on a Jewish life and has proven they will make war against those threatening Jewish lives. Israel has proven the value of Jewish life and all life by protecting their citizens with the most advanced defensive anti-projectile defense in the world, Iron Dome. Israel has developed and deployed a three and soon to be four-layered anti-ballistic missile and other projectiles defensive set of systems at great cost. Israel will defend Jewish lives, and all Israeli lives to the ends of the Earth which was proven with the rescue at Entebbe, the reason many Israelis celebrate July 4th as another miracle. The rescue was pulled off on July 4, 1976, with Operation Thunderbolt (video documentary below). Israel and the IDF protects innocent lives to the best of their ability. This is written into their “Code of Arms” the same as it is in most modern armies. Israel has made Jewish lives and all Israeli’s lives valuable and has even made efforts to spare civilian casualties and thus save non-combatant civilian Palestinian lives.

 

 
As far as the future for Jewish lives, we foresee a critical point in time when virtually all Jews remaining in the world will reside within Israel. This is due to interfaith marriage being unbelievably high for non-Orthodox Jews in the United States and Europe. This means after one or at most two or three generations of interfaith marriage, the children will not be raised Jewish. They will have completely assimilated into the Christian population or the secular population having no active religion. This will mean that Israel will be the guarantor of the future of the Jews and not the United States, as many living in that great nation believe. They do not yet see the shrinking numbers in the synagogues as they themselves barely ever join in services and when they do on major holidays, everyone is there and things look wonderful, they are not. Most non-Orthodox, and that is whom we are discussing, do not go to daily services and most synagogues do not offer daily services. Some will offer a once a week service in an evening, often Wednesday, for those requiring Mourner’s Kaddish. Almost none offer morning and evening services, the three services of traditions. Even on Shabbat morning, Saturday morning, most synagogues have some degree of difficulty having a Minyan, ten males over the age of thirteen, and presumably cannot perform parts of the service including reading from the Torah. It is sad but that is where the slow fall away from the Jewish religion has reached. The same has occurred for many Christian sects but the Evangelical Christians appear to be holding better than most of the remainder but the Jews do not have the sheer numbers to afford to lose so many brothers and sisters to assimilation. Europe has seen its Jewish population continue to drop after World War II as living in Europe, as a practicing Jew, has become life threatening in some locations such as Malmo, Sweden and other major European cities. France has seen a virtual exodus with her Jews heading for the United States, Canada and Israel predominantly. These are hard times for the Jewish faith outside Israel so it will fall to Israel to set a high price for the life of a Jew and to protect the faith as the return has begun and what will follow will be determined by prophesy, Torah and the efforts of men and women great and small.

 

Star of David Ornate

 

The Jewish People are coming out of their years in the desert as they have proven they have the will to fight and make their lives count for something. Israel has taught her children well the value of a human life and the particular value of a Jewish life. They have internalized the lessons from the Diaspora and know that they must make the price of a Jewish life prohibitively high and see all life within Israel as equal in value. They learned that Judaism is not just a religion but also a family and as such, we must love each other as family which often means being a little more sensitive and understanding of one another’s shortcomings. We have hopefully learned that to be Jewish is a way of life and a way of living which is guided by Torah and the Mitzvot. True, there are a good number of secular Jews and sects of Orthodox Jews and each of these extremes have difficulty at times with the remainder, but these are problems that time will slowly erase. A Jewish life is not more valuable than any human life, but it does have something special that cannot be denied. Some proverbial stories tell of a king asking one of their advisors, often a Jewish advisor, to prove the existence of Hashem, and the answer has always been “the Jews.” The fact we are talking about the future for the Jewish People is partial proof of this miracle. The biggest problem for Judaism today is the final recognition that as Jews we belong as one family and thus acceptance of differences, while required, must be combined with the understanding that no one sect of our family is any different than any other and all must toil together if we are to make Israel function and reduce friction. We all, as Jews, have traversed difficulties to reach this time in Israel and no one group has any privilege or is owed special compensation over any other group in our family. Until we realize that we all need the soldiers, we all need the Torah scholars, we all need the scientists, we all need every last Jew because we must be special to one another if we ever expect the world to see us as special. When we are attacking one another, the world sees weakness and will use the very same arguments we throw at one another to lessen the value of every Jew making ridding themselves of their Jews acceptable, and we have all seen how that ends. We lost the Second Temple to gossip and interfamilial hatred, we must not lose Israel again for that or any other reason, as this will be our last chance to get things right. The mere existence of the Jews after all the persecutions and other blights which have befallen them above all others and they persist and retain their ability to produce. This was one of the items which appeared to have been noticed by many throughout history, as seen in this video with which we will close.

 

 
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* MENA = Middle East and North Africa

 

January 7, 2018

Is an Arab State Required for Israeli Existence?

 

There is a disturbing reflective act to mention the need for an Arab Palestinian State when mentioning anything with reference to any Israeli future. The cry is that the Jews cannot expect peace without realizing and granting the Arab Palestinians an independent state. Mention the recent announcement by President Trump that Jerusalem is the Capital City of Israel and moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the immediate response is that the United States has destroyed the peace process at the minimal end to insisting the United States also found an additional embassy across town also within Jerusalem for the Arab Palestinians as they have lived here as long as the Jews. Never mind the truth which is backed by the Torah, the entirety of the Old Testament, the New Testament and, surprisingly enough, the Quran all testify to the fact that these lands were promised to the Hebrews, the Jewish People, by Hashem (Allah according to the Quran) for all of time and that they would be brought back to their homelands at some time of the choosing of the Almighty which would remain unknown except as the call came to their heart and each Jew who desires to be a Jew will pick up and return to their real homeland no matter the hardship or challenges. One of the greatest examples of such was the eventual return and suffering of Natan Sharansky who spent what had to feel endless time in Russian gulags simply for requesting to leave the Soviet Union and return to Israel. For many of the rest of us, the biggest difficulties were what to take and what to leave after completing all the required paperwork. But the world has bought the concept that a second Arab state must be formed out of the lands of the British Mandate. Jordan receiving the lands east of the Jordan River which consists of 78% of the land was apparently insufficient for the Arabs and if the Arabs want, they must be satiated. This is the most true in much of Europe or is their design simply to punish the Jews for being Jews and having the audacity to desire to return and establish their heritage, Israel.

 

The demand that there be another Arab Palestinian State in any part of the remaining 22% of the British Mandate is against all the applicable International Law. The world including the Arabs are aware that the sole means they can take more of the land is to force the Israelis to release claim to lands which are rightfully, legally and historically known and identified even by their enemies as being the ancestral and legitimate homeland of the Jewish People. The truth is that the leadership of Europe looked into their crystal balls for a peek into the future and upon evaluating their own societies realized what was growing and would soon reach its ignoble crescendo. They saw the monster within the guts of Europe growing and festering within the remains of the Austria-Hungarian Empire and Germany. Whether despite or because of their breaking up Austria-Hungary or due to the reparation at unprecedented levels demanded of Germany, or whether due to both or neither, they saw the looming monster of anti-Semitism. The problem most people have is they believe that in late 1947 through to mid-May of 1948 was when everything fell together to create the Jewish State of Israel. They them postulate that guilt over the Holocaust was to blame and that the world felt sorry for the Jews. That was a final stage for the creation of Israel and even in that, the attempt was made and the seeds planted to make it fail and for another attempt at genocide to erase, the one just revealed publically and acknowledged a few short years earlier after World War II. But the reality is that the Jewish State came about in a fairly quick succession of conventions and treaties using the original answer to a plea from a high ranking Jew who also saw what was coming.

 

The Baron Rothschild’s two sons worked with the Zionists and upon the death of their father in 1915 continued under the title of Baron Rothschild. The British were not entering into a promise of a Jewish homeland blindly but desired an understanding in return from the Zionists. During the war and more so immediately after the war, the central European area and spreading into France and even across the Channel to Britain the specter of growing anti-Semitism was growing and especially in Germany through the Balkans was reaching unseen levels not seen since the Inquisition. The necessity for a place where the Jews could be sent or flee was evident even to a blind man. The Baron Rothschild’s sons were Zionists and had met with Chaim Weizmann and between them decided that the best hope lay with the British and thus the British Rothschild Family petitioned and worked with the Foreign Office and in time produced the Balfour Declaration on November 2nd, 1917. The letter exists with two halves, one giving and the second qualifying the gift. The first half pertains to the hope and idea of founding a Jewish homeland in the area still using a shortened version of the Roman name given in order to erase the Jewish People from history, Palestine, while the second half spells out the rights guaranteed the existing residents of the area. These rights were carried over along with almost all of the Balfour Declaration as the core to the San Remo Conference of April 25, 1920. From here the heart and soul which eventually created Israel as far as much of the world is concerned takes a twisted route but remains largely unchanged. The next link is the Treaty of Sèvres of August 10, 1920, followed by the Treaty of Lausanne on July 24, 1923. This would be followed by a unanimous resolution passing in the League of Nations establishing the Mandate System in 1922.

 

This included the British Mandate within which the Jewish homeland was to be established. This was a charge to the British under International Law, yet in the 1939 White Paper, issued to appease the Arabs hoping they would not fight against the British in the war, an idea which pretty much failed, the promise of a Jewish State was reneged and said to no longer be a concern for the British. Despite this betrayal, the troops which made up the voluntary Palestine Battalion, which fought with the British across North Africa and elsewhere, were by and large Jews from Palestine with some Druze and Bedouin and a smattering of Arabs. The Arabs in Palestine were too busy rioting against the Jews to be concerned with the British war efforts. Further, they were loyal to the Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini who was cozying up with Adolph Hitler (see image below) and the Nazi high command in Berlin and at the Wannsee Conference where some claim he was instrumental in the crafting and decision to eradicate the Jews in what became known as the Final Solution. Amin al-Husseini by the end of 1943 had headed to the Balkans where he would organize the Bosnian “Black Legions” to fight the Allies for the Nazis.

 

Mufti of Jerusalem During Nazi World War II Where He Met the Highest Officers And Attended the Wannsee Conference

Mufti of Jerusalem During Nazi World War II
Where He Met the Highest Officers
And Attended the Wannsee Conference

 

After World War II, the United Nations returned to the promise still part of International Law and issued the General Assembly Resolution 181 where they issued a plan which would have redivided the remaining 22% of the British Mandate which had already been divided once before into the planned Arab and Jewish states. The initial partition used the Jordan River giving the Arabs the larger 78% of the lands east and the Jews the remaining 22% west of the river. Now the United Nations was advancing the idea that this was the entire mandate, which they now claimed needed to be shared cutting the Jews to a mere 11% of the Mandate Lands (see map below). As this was a General Assembly Resolution, all parties must accept it within a determined time after being issued and should either side reject the resolution, then it becomes null and void and cannot be resurrected without being passed once again by the United Nations General Assembly. The Zionist Congress accepted this plan but the other party, the Arab League, rejected the proposal siting the establishment of any Jewish State as unacceptable at any size. That signified the end of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 and it simply should fade into oblivion as that was exactly where the Arab League sent it with their rejection.

 

Resolution 181 Division, Israel on the morning of May 15, 1948, Israel after the War and losing lands of Gaza and West Bank

Resolution 181 Division,
Israel on the morning of May 15, 1948,
Israel after the War and losing lands of Gaza and West Bank

 

When Israel declared her independence on May 15, 1948, it had absolutely nothing to do with the United Nations vote, the League of Nations vote, the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres and only slightly with the Mandate System. The ties to the Mandate System were due to its collapse with the British abandoning their rule over the remaining 22% of their Mandate over the former Roman area of Palestine. That left a void in that area in which the Zionist Congress declared their state within that void. There existed little if anything which could serve as an Arab governance and none was declared; there was no claim for an Arab state, let alone an Arab Palestinian state beyond the original founding of Jordan. Instead, the Arab League with the cooperation of the Arab armies of six Arab nations, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, along with numerous militias including one commanded by the Mufti of Jerusalem and selected units from several more Arab nations all combined to invade the nascent Jewish State of Israel with the intent of its annihilation. The Arabs placed all their eggs in the ‘wipe Israel off the map before it can be fully be established’ basket and that basket proved a failure and Israel has existed and thrived despite three wars with her Arab neighbors for seventy years and as of the Six Day War of 1967 they had control of the entirety of the lands within which their initial borders existed at their founding. The claim that Israel gained lands and increased the size of Israel in the war of 1948-9 is false, Israel lost land to Egypt and Jordan. The claim Israel conquered Gaza, Judea and Samaria in the 1967 Six Day War is also false as Israel liberated Gaza from Egyptian occupation and Judea and Samaria from Jordanian illegal rule as these were areas which the founding of Israel claimed as within their boundaries and Jordan, in particular, ethnically cleared Judea and Samaria as well as half of Jerusalem of the Jews who resided there, stole their homes and properties, destroyed all Jewish Synagogues and other buildings and desecrated the Jewish cemeteries using the headstones to build latrines and pave streets and walkways. Further, the Arab Palestinians came into existence at a particular date when they were invented by a decree issued after careful planning and organizing a terrorist group which was tasked to remove the occupation over Palestinian Arab lands. That date was not thousands of years ago, not even one hundred years ago, it was on May 29, 1964, when the Arab League recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and tasked them with liberating the “Occupied Arab Lands” and destroying the occupiers.

 

Where were these “Occupied Arab Lands” that the PLO was tasked to liberate? Were they the lands of Gaza held by Egypt? Perhaps they were the area of Judea and Samaria, renamed West Bank by Jordan, held by Jordan and annexed which was even not recognized by the Arab world and only two nations, Pakistan and Britain, recognized the Jordan annexation, so that was the “Occupied Arab Lands” they should liberate? No, none of the above define these “Occupied Arab Lands” that the PLO was founded to liberate from the occupiers. They were to liberate all of the nation of Israel and destroy the Jewish State and potentially decimate if not eradicate the population, at least the Jewish population. The original plan laid out by none other than the man who claimed the Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini as his uncle, Yasser Arafat, stated that after the Zionist Entity (Jewish State of Israel) the PLO would not seek to rule it but would turn it over to its rightful rule under Jordan. Even the recognition of Arab Palestinians, there was no requirement to found them a state west of the Jordan River, the land was to be gifted to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Egypt and Jordan never even gave a passing thought to founding any self-rule for the supposed people, the Palestinian Arabs, and saw them simply as the crowbar with which they would remove Israel and her Jews from what they claimed was their land throughout all of history. There is a lesson from the hysteria over the founding of Israel that the remainder of the world need learn. The Islamic world, particularly the Arab Islamic world, defines history as beginning on the day that Islamic forces declare victory and incorporate the area into Dar al Islam, the House of Islam, and is liberated from Dar Al-Harb, the House of War, while the lands remaining in Dar Al-Harb exist outside of history as they are ruled by fanatical barbarians who have yet to succumb to Allah and surrendered their will to the Imams and Islamic dictatorial leaders. So, if history is defined as when they come under Islamic rule, then of course it follows that Islam has ruled the world since the beginning of history as the areas where they do not rule are outside history and are not part of their recognized world.

 

Unfortunately for this worldview, the rest of the world, especially China, have volumes of texts on top of an equal if not more voluminous and copious amount of formerly oral traditions written down showing that civilization existed for over five-thousand years and possibly far longer. Archaeology uncovered sites which predate everything which had been considered the beginning of history just forty or fifty year ago. There are items which defy the imagination and surpass all explanations which include the Antikythera mechanism, Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, Nazca lines, Gobekli Tepe, Voynich manuscript, the Cochno Stone, the numerous Henges, the Great Pyramids and the Sphynx (which claims exist it was constructed many hundreds of years before the Pyramids) which might make an inquiring mind believe that history of the human culture and civilization predates the year 600 AD and the life of Muhammad. The history of the Jews dating back to the Hebrews and the history of Abraham, Isaak, Jacob and eventually Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, the Babylonian Exile written about in the Rivers of Babylon (Psalm 137) to the historic record written in stone of the plundering of the Second Temple by the Romans recorded on the Arch of Titus (image below). There are findings every year which validate the history written in not only the Old Testament but also in the first books, the Five Books of Moses, the Torah. But under Islam if taken to the fanatical level demanded by the Islamic State and other strictest Islamic interpretations, then history begins with the onset of Islamic rule, any lands which have ever been ruled by Islam must forever remain ruled by Islam, and the only knowledge required by mankind is revealed in the Quran. Under these qualifying rules, then the history of mankind would truly reflect the onset of Islam as it came out from the Arabian Peninsula. Islam also claims that the following people were Muslims: Abraham, Moses, Noah (even Jews do not claim Noah to have been a Jew and admit Noah predates any thought of Judaism), Adam, Eve and many others from the Old Testament.

 

Islam in its current Jihadi form refuses to permit the colossal works such as Titus’s Arch on the Via Sacra in the Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy (above) or the Arc de Triumph stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, Paris, France (below) as such works either predate Islam, Titus’s Arc, or have no reference or meaning in Islam, Arc de Triumph, thus are simply distractions from Muhammad and Allah and as such are deserving of destruction. These also represent great victories or are standards or national monuments and as such must be brought low before they inspire some future generation to reassert their national pride. Without such reminders of a past independent from Islam it is far easier to keep the people in a state of submission.

 

Still, there was never any other independent nation-state existing within the area which is the modern state of Israel since the establishment of Jerusalem as the Capital City by King David over three-thousand year ago. The independent Jewish nation predates King David, the second monarch of the Jewish State after King Saul, and were ruled by Judges even before the Jews made the error of demanding to have a King like all other nations; they were not supposed to envy other nations nor imitate them but the Torah actually foretold of this demand and Hashem gave permission for this demand to be satisfied with severe restrictions on the powers of a King in Deuteronomy 17: 14-20 (end of verse).

 

Other powers have ruled over the land and the surrounding areas but the land of Israel has never been ruled as a separate entity by another since its founding only having been ruled as a single entity by several Jewish ruling governments. There was never a Muslim or Arab nation of Palestine or a nation named Palestine in all of history. Still, so many demand that there must be established an Arab state for Israel to be considered a valid nation. This demand is most often found to go hand-in-hand with claims that the Jews founded their nation on the conquest of Palestine by the Jews. They refer to the 1948-9 war as when the Jews invaded the land removing the Arabs by force. History, if anybody bothers to research things, has stated and proven that the Arabs, as mentioned above, initiated the 1948-9 War as a War of Annihilation intending to destroy the newly founded Jewish State of Israel and rid the lands of the Jews. Fortunately, for the Jews, they failed. The Arab propaganda machine has placed into the world consciousness the concept that before Israel being founded in 1948, there was an Arab nation existing in the lands west of the Jordan River. Below we have included a map of the area defining the British Mandate where the area that becomes Israel is referred to as Palestine while acknowledging the founding of Jordan (TransJordan) and includes that the remaining part of Palestine, TransJordan was also considered to be within the area known as Palestine, which was also called South Syria, was reserved for a Jewish National Home, or as we added, Israel. That is what existed from the founding of the Emirate of Transjordan, British-controlled territory 1921–46, followed by the modern Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, initially known 1946–49 as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan and Jordan from then to currently. There is the reality and what is really sad, the world knows this, so, again, why the insistence on the founding of an Arab nation named Palestine out of the lands west of the Jordan River preferably along the 1949 Armistice lines?

 

British Mandate with its division between an Arab State of Jordan and Palestine denoted to be the Jewish State later named Israel

British Mandate with its division between an Arab State of Jordan and
Palestine denoted to be the Jewish State later named Israel

 

We have said this before and we promise, this will not be the last time we state this, much of the world would like nothing more than the destruction of Israel. They were absolutely stunned when Israel survived in 1948-9 and equally astonished when Israel not only survived, but actually won definitively in the Six Day War of 1967. There were hopes during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 which caught Israel flat-footed and unprepared, but again Israel prevailed. In both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, as soon as the Arab governments screamed to the world that the Jews were invading their lands and were waging a war of annihilation in order to establish their Greater Israel, the nations of the world, often using the authority of the United Nations, demanded that Israel stop their advance without the Arab nations admitting defeat. This permitted the Arab nations not to lose face and they still teach in their schools that they won all the wars with Israel and also as soon as they totally defeat Israel the Zionist Entity will be destroyed and gone from within the House of Islam (Dar al Islam). The next step was to try and disestablish Israel initially financially and then politically as the Arab League enacted an Arab wide economic sanction of Israel and in conjunction with the Muslim Brotherhood, CIAR (Council on American–Islamic Relations), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) and numerous far left NGOs all worked to take that attempt at economically isolating Israel into a worldwide sanctioning which became the BDS Movement. This has been taken to attempt to also have nations refute the legitimacy of Israel. What will require watching over the next couple of years after President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is how many nations move their embassies, especially once the United States opens their embassy in Jerusalem to great fanfare, against who continues to adopt the BDS call. We predict that it is likely that the BDS will slowly lose its effectiveness while nations will, after an initial wave, not necessarily a tsunami but a wave none-the-less, follow suit and move their embassies and even make note of recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Our thought is that by New Year’s Day 2020 there will be closing in on, if not in excess of, one hundred nations whose embassies have been moved or in plans to be moved to Jerusalem. This will spur the Palestinian Authority (PA) to reconsider their position that they will only accept the complete eradication of Israel as the only peace which they would accept. If they continue on their current extreme position demanding that Israel be erased, then they will find that their hopes of even having a semi-autonomous state west of the Jordan River will vanish. The possibility that Israel will extend their rule over the entirety of the lands west of the Jordan River will only grow with time. The one stipulation in every treaty establishing International Law on the lands west of the Jordan River is that while Israel is required to grant almost every form of right, economic, financial, religious, etc., Israel is not required to grant the Arabs from the PA areas political rights. Israel has already set the precedent with the Palestinian Arabs of the eastern parts of Jerusalem when Israel annexed the remainder of Jerusalem by granting them the right to vote in municipal elections but for now denying them the political right to vote in national elections. That will probably not be a permanent situation, but it will be one way of allowing the Arabs to vote on the governance which is closest to their daily lives while reserving the governance of Israel for those Israelis who have resided in Israel and were not brought in through annexation. This is not a compromise which will make the Arab nations nor the Europeans satisfied but is legal under all applicable laws and will stand. The war to eliminate Israel through political, economic and other fronts will continue and is actually just another form of anti-Semitism. For the definition of anti-Semitism, the 3-D definition can be read here and the International Working Definition of Antisemitism can be read here, here or here.

 

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