News Review - 25 May 2018
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The modern day Jewish State of Israel…

The Beginning…

In the Middle East today, there are around 420 million Arabs. Since 1299 AD most of the Arab nations that we see today were part of the Ottoman Empire. Many modern nations in the Middle East were only created at the end of the First World War. In 1917, the Balfour Declaration laid the foundation of the modern Jewish State. Today, the State of Israel has around 6.5 million Jews, surrounded by over 400 million Arabs. The following article gives an overview of the present situation:

The Middle East Today

“The modern Middle East has been plagued by ruinous wars: country versus country, civil wars with internecine and sectarian bloodletting, and numerous eruptions centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But never in the last 70 years have they seemed as interconnected as now with Iran and Saudi Arabia vying for regional control, while Israel also seeks to maintain a military supremacy of its own.

Russia, the United States and Turkey make up the other power brokers in a region where not only wars but proxy battlefields within those wars are on a feverish and hostile footing.

The ongoing wars in Syria, Yemen, this week's mass killing of Palestinians by Israel in Gaza, Turkish-Kurdish hostilities, and the potential for an all-encompassing war sparked by an Iranian-Israeli conflagration in Syria or Lebanon, all have tentacles that reach across borders and back again.

Suggestion in recent years of a Sunni/Shiite schism across the Middle East and Persian Gulf appears much less a factor than the jockeying of the key actors with the most military, financial and diplomatic muscle who are trying to shape the region in their image, or at least to the satisfaction of their national security and various leaders' hubris.” ( yahoo.com/news)

The Ottoman Empire

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world witnessed the end of the Ottoman Empire…

“The Ottoman Empire was one of the mightiest and longest-lasting dynasties in world history. This Islamic-run superpower ruled large areas of the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa for more than 600 years. At its height, the Ottoman Empire included the following regions:

  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Bulgaria
  • Egypt
  • Hungary
  • Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Jordan
  • Palestine
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Some of Arabia
  • A considerable amount of the North African coastal strip.” ( history.com)
The End Of An Empire

The following article gives the Arab viewpoint of events in the Middle East.

“In 1918 the war ended with the victory of the Allies and the complete destruction of the Ottoman Empire. The war was over, but the Middle East’s future was still in dispute between three different sides.

The mandates that the League of Nations created after WWI

Which side won? None fully got what they wanted. In the aftermath of WWI, the League of Nations (a forerunner to the United Nations) was established. One of its jobs was to divide up the conquered Ottoman lands. It drew up ‘mandates’ for the Arab world. Each mandate was supposed to be ruled by the British or French ‘until such time as they are able to stand alone.’

The League was the one to draw up the borders we see on modern political maps of the Middle East. The borders were drawn without regard for the wishes of the people living there, or along ethnic, geographic, or religious boundaries – they were truly arbitrary.

It is important to note that even today, political borders in the Middle East do not indicate different groups of people. The differences between Iraqis, Syrians, Jordanians, etc were entirely created by the European colonizers as a method of dividing the Arabs against each other.

Through the mandate system, the British and the French were able to get the control they wanted over the Middle East. For Sharif Hussein, his sons were allowed to rule over these mandates under British ‘protection’. Prince Faisal was made king of Iraq and Syria and Prince Abdullah was made king of Jordan. In practice, however, the British and French had real authority over these areas.

For the Zionists, they were allowed by the British government to settle in Palestine, although with limitations. The British did not want to anger the Arabs already living in Palestine, so they tried to limit the number of Jews allowed to migrate to Palestine. This angered the Zionists, who looked for illegal ways to immigrate throughout the 1920s-1940s, as well as the Arabs, who saw the immigration as encroachment on land that had been theirs since Salah al-Din liberated it in 1187.

The political mess that Britain created in the aftermath of WWI remains today. The competing agreements and the subsequent countries that were created to disunite Muslims from each other led to political instability throughout the Middle East. The rise of Zionism coupled with the disunity of the Muslims in that region has led to corrupt governments and economic decline for the Middle East as a whole.

The divisions that the British instituted in the Muslim world remain strong today, despite being wholly created within the past 100 years.( lostislamichistory.com)

1917 - The Balfour Declaration

“The British government decided to endorse the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine. After discussions within the cabinet and consultations with Jewish leaders, the decision was made public in a letter from British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild.

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet

His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours,
Arthur James Balfour

The contents of this letter became known as the Balfour Declaration.” ( jewishvirtuallibrary.org)

The 1917 Declaration was a cornerstone of the twentieth century's new world order…

“Lord Rothschild has performed a great service by his work in memorialising the Balfour Declaration. He continues a historic family tradition which, over a century ago, brought educational and medical institutions to Palestine, then a corner of the Ottoman Empire, and thereby laid the foundation for the establishment of a Jewish homeland.

The Balfour Declaration’s importance transcended its immediate objectives. It became a founding document of an emerging world order. It is this aspect of it on which I will focus.

If there is a ‘hinge of history’ on which the modern concepts of world order turned, it was the years just before, during, and after the First World War. The Balfour Declaration is at the core of that transformation.

What made the Balfour Declaration so consequential? The period was shaped by the deterioration and collapse of dynastic empires.

The 1912 Chinese revolution which overthrew the Qing dynasty initiated the process. The Ottoman Empire was described as the ‘sick man of Europe,’ as it moved toward its collapse. By the time the war ended, the Tsarist, Austro-Hungarian, and German dynasties had also disappeared.

Palestine, from the British point of view, the only link missing in an otherwise unbroken chain of possessions that could connect the British Empire from the Atlantic to the mid-Pacific. As a wartime Prime Minister, Lloyd George was determined to bring Palestine into a British sphere of influence.

On November 2, 1917, Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Walter, Lord Rothschild, which became known as the Balfour Declaration. In the United States, the Balfour Declaration was seen as in harmony with Allied war goals. President Wilson endorsed it in September 1918.

As a result, the Balfour Declaration became entwined with the peace settlement. The League of Nations invested Britain with the mandate for Palestine and the Balfour Declaration was connected with the mandate issued on July 24, 1922. From this point forward, the Balfour Declaration took on a life and momentum of its own. It became part of a turning point in the concept of world order.

The Balfour Declaration was issued with the State of Israel as the assumed eventuality. Balfour told Churchill that ‘by the Declaration they (the Foreign Office) always meant an eventual Jewish state.’ This assumption was institutionalized in the Mandate System, which imposed upon the victorious powers, most notably the British Empire, the responsibility to prepare the peoples of the mandate for statehood.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted to partition Palestine between Jewish and Arab territories. The resolution liquidated the mandate and defined a legal framework in which the Yishuv (the proto-Jewish state) could establish a modern legitimate state.

Some Arab states rejected the partition and, in January 1948, the ‘Arab Liberation Army’ began entering Palestine. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel. On May 15, various Arab armies entered Palestine. The Israeli War of Independence was underway. The United States and Soviet Union recognized Israel as a state.” ( thejc.com)

Israel 1948

What happened, when, and why?

“Academic and historian Colin Shindler explains the main stages of Israel's creation

29 November 1947

On 29 November 1947 the member states of the United Nations – almost a quarter of the current membership – voted for the partition of Palestine into two states. Jerusalem was to be internationalised. The Zionist Jews accepted the UN decision, the Palestinian Arabs did not.

A two thirds majority was required for the resolution to pass. Both the USSR and the USA voted in favour – the UK which abstained was the only major World War II ally not to support the creation of a state of the Jews. The USSR had unexpectedly reversed its long-held hostile attitude towards Zionism. The US recognised Israel within eleven minutes, the UK took eight months.

30 November 1947 – 15 May 1948

The military struggle from the passing of the UN Resolution 181 until the declaration of independence in May 1948 was essentially a civil war between Zionist Jews and Palestinian Arabs. There were approximately 1,300,000 Arabs and 600,000 Jews. There was initially a tremendous uncertainty as to what would happen.

On the morning of 30 November two buses were attacked by Arabs near Kfar Syrkin and several passengers were killed. On 1 December the Arab Higher Committee declared a general strike. On 2 December large numbers of Palestinian Arabs, armed with staves and knives, emerged from the Old City in Jerusalem and began to attack Jewish passers-by. This civil war was fought in the territory designated to be the Jewish state.

During the first few months of this civil war, the Haganah exercised self-restraint and occupied defensive positions. In April 1948 Haganah forces went over to the offensive. A UN arms embargo to the Zionists was only overcome when the first delivery of rifles, machine guns and ammunition from Czechoslovakia took place in April 1948.

14 May 1948 – 29 July 1949

David Ben-Gurion signed the declaration of independence. It commenced:

‘The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.

After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.’

In 32 minutes, a Hebrew republic was re-established in the Land of Israel. That evening, a Friday night, Egyptian bombers dropped their payload over Tel Aviv. The military forces of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan had invaded – the war changed from a civil war to one between states.

The Arabs initially exhibited an overwhelming superiority in aircraft and heavy weaponry. The Israeli historian, Benny Morris, later commented on this parlous situation.

‘The Israelis had two tanks, one of them without a gun; and one, then two, batteries of light pre-World War I vintage 65mm Mountain artillery; and makeshift armoured cars, civilian trucks patched up with steel plates in Tel Aviv workshops.’

The Jews believed Arab threats to push them into the sea were not idle ones – and coming so soon after the Holocaust were not to be ignored as mere propaganda.

Armistice agreements were eventually signed with Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Israel expanded from the pre-war designated borders to 78% of Mandatory Palestine. Egypt ruled in Gaza and Jordan in the West Bank. The armistice line was dubbed ‘the Green Line’.

During the cease-fire negotiations with the Arab states, Israel held its first election in January 1949.” ( thejc.com)

Why Did The Arabs Leave Israel?

One of the demands being made by the Palestinians is the right for the descendants of the peoples displaced by the Israeli war of independence to return to “their land”. They claim that they were driven out by the Israelis. As is usual in any war, the first real casualty is truth! What follows is a collection of quotes on the situation which show what really happened:

The Arab states, which had encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies have failed to keep their promise to help these refugees.” ( The Jordanian daily paper Falastin, February 19th, 1949)

“‘The refugees were confident their absence would not last long, and that they would return in a week or two,’ Monsignor George Hakim, a Greek Orthodox Catholic Bishop of Galilee told a Beirut newspaper. ‘ Their leaders had promised them that the Arab Armies would crush the Zionist gangs very quickly and that there was no need for panic or fear for a long exile’. ” ( Sada al-Janub August 16, 1948, quoted in Samuel Katz, Battleground, pp.14-15)

“For the flight - it is our leaders who are responsible. They instilled fear and terror into the hearts of the Arabs of Palestine until they fled, leaving their homes and their properties to the enemy.” ( Al Urdun, Jordan, April the 9th 1953.)

“The 15th May 1948 arrived… On that day the Mufti of Jerusalem appealed to the Arabs of Palestine to leave the country because the Arab armies were about to enter and fight in their stead.” ( Akhbar El Yom Oct 12th 1963.)

“Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly live in Haifa not more than 5,000 or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit… It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades .” ( The London weekly Economist, October 2, 1948)

“Every effort is being made by the Jews to persuade the Arab populace to stay and carry on with their normal lives, to get their shops and businesses open and to be assured that their lives and interests will be safe. Two days later, the Jews were still making every effort to persuade the Arab populace to remain and to settle back into their normal lives in the towns… ” ( Haifa District HQ of the British Police, April 26, 1948, quoted in Battleground by Samuel Katz)

“The promised invasion by the foreign Arab armies (which started on May 14, 1948, with the Arab Legion massacre of some 200 Jewish settlers at Kfar Etzion) was preceded by extensive broadcasts from Cairo, Damascus, Amman, and Beirut to the effect that any Arabs who stayed would be hanged as collaborators with the Jews.” ( Harry C Stebbens, who was in an official position in the British Mandatory Government in Palestine in 1947-48, London Evening Standard, Friday, 10 January, 1969 ) ( peaceforourtime.org.uk)

War And Peace In Israel

Since its inception, Israel has been faced with many wars, and many “peace” conferences. The bottom line is that the Arabs to this day refuse to recognise the Jewish State, while the Jews refuse to negotiate a peace deal until the Arabs recognise the existence of the Jewish State.

Israel Today

In spite of being squeezed into a tiny strip of land at the Eastern end of the Mediterranean sea… In spite of being surrounded by over 400 million predominately hostile Arabs… In spite of very few natural resources… Israel prospers, as the only free democracy in the Middle East, offering religious freedom to all!

What has God revealed about the immediate future of Jerusalem and Judah

When we read the following prophecies, it would appear that another “hinge of history” is soon to occur!

We read in Isaiah 9:21 - “ Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah…

It would seem that both the USA and Britain end up “against Judah” at the time of the end.

We are told in Hosea 5:13 - “ When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound ” This indicates that Judah suffers a serious “wound” – probably in battle.

The Prophet Micah adds:

“For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; HE is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.” (Micah 1:9)

This would seem to indicate that the “wound” may be linked in some way to the invasion by the resurrected Holy Roman Empire!

This invading army surrounds Jerusalem and stops the daily sacrifices. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate… (Luke 21:20) set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” (Daniel 12:11)

This would mean that at some point before this time, the daily sacrifice must start! How could this happen in today’s political climate? Look out for dramatic changes in Israel, and Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the focal point of end time events!

In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.(Zechariah 12:8-9)

This shows that there will be Jews in Jerusalem right up to the end of the age!

Finally - A Warning To World Leaders Today

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)