A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
You know, the truth is a peculiar thing. It does not demand that you believe its veracity. It does not change just because we choose not to believe it or even choose to force changes upon it. It remains unchangeable, solid, forever in a state of "being." As they say: It is what it is. TRUTH.
We have watched the world's efforts, led by the United States, to force Israel to to give up its ancient homeland to a band of homeless rabble -- not even claimed by their blood brothers -- in the Middle East.
John Kerry, US Secretary of State, is on a fool's errand, one he assigned to himself, ahem, to force Israel to agree to as yet undisclosed terms of abandonment of the Jewish homeland to the so-called Palestinians.
For almost seven decades Israel has withstood an onslaught from her surrounding enemies and from, sad to say, diplomats, most from the US, in an attempt to transfer ownership of that sanctified land to those not entitled, either by birthright or previous ownership.
That tiny little piece of real estate on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a seemingly insignificant sliver of land is anything but insignificant. Modern Israel rests on the site of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Of the twelve tribes of Israel, Judah is the tribe from which the Jewish people emanate. Approximately 40% of the world's Jews live in Israel today.
It lies at the crossroads of history. In the Carmel mountain range at el-Tabun, and Es Skhul, Neanderthal and early modern human remains were found, including the skeleton of a Neanderthal female, named Tabun I, which is regarded as one of the most important human fossils ever found. The excavation at el-Tabun produced the longest stratigraphic record in the region, spanning 600,000 or more years of human activity, from the Lower Paleolithic to the present day, representing roughly a million years of human evolution. SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Israel
I have often thought that the single reason the people of Israel, and the state of Israel, elicit such animosity from the other people of this planet is the constant reminder their very existence presents of ... God.
In my religious faith it is understood that the Jews are people chosen for special attention by God. It is also understood that God, Himself, chose that piece of real estate for his "chosen people" to make their home ... in perpetuity. That land was bequeathed, by God, to that nation forever. But understand -- the original deed from Yahweh was for land stretching from the Nile River eastward to the Euphrates River. We're describing an area that encompasses land from Egypt to Iraq. And yet, today, Israel is satisfied to remain on that teensie little sliver of land hugging the coast of the Med when she is, in fact, entitled to more -- much more.
And her enemies most fervent desire is to steal that little piece of land from Israel while the world community supports the would be thieves.
But Israel will not be moved. There she stands, all alone -- save for God.
My own country's government refuses to accept that Israel holds a land grant from Providence. It is sacred, inviolate.
This is one of those I "truths" I spoke about above. You don't have to like it and it doesn't matter one whit if you disagree. It just IS!
Secretary Kerry may huff and puff and threaten Israel with all nature of vile things. But in the end -- he will accomplish exactly nothing.
It is reported that Kerry intends to press his own deal on Israel in January. In an article by Caroline Glick, entitled: Kerry Forces Israel's Moment of Decision, Ms. Glick presents us with some of what she believes Kerry will demand from Israel for a "peace accord" between Israel and the so-called Palestinians. In her piece, she points out the following: " ... the Kerry parameters will involve Israeli surrender of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to the PLO , which rejects the historical fact that two Jewish temples were built at the site that was and remains the cradle of Jewish civilization and history and holiest site to Judaism.
"They will involve the mass expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria... ."
"Kerry’s framework deal will involve the mass immigration of hundreds of thousands of foreign-born Arabs, who have been living in al-Qaida-, Hamas- and PLO -controlled UN-run “refugee camps,” for the past four generations to the new state of “Palestine."
"Kerry’s plan will require Israeli society to destroy its cohesion through the dismemberment and destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities."
"Kerry’s parameters will require Israel to surrender its ability to defend itself against foreign aggression and Palestinian attacks."
"As for the US forces that Kerry proposes deploying to the Jew-free PLO state, they will be targeted by the Palestinians, just as the Palestinians and the Syrians attacked US Marines in Beirut 30 years ago. And like the Marines in Beirut, they will be withdrawn in humiliation and defeat, but the lesson – that the Arabs perceive the Americans and Jews as enemies of equal weight – will not be learned."
I ask you, now -- is THIS anyway to treat a FRIEND??
Secretary Kerry should take note. If Ms. Glick is near correct, then Kerry's contempt for Israel will be on worldwide display next month. As any student of the Scriptures can tell you -- contempt for Israel brings a curse on the contemptuous nation.
Kerry should take warning. He is, as the old expression has it: "treading on holy ground." We suggest it would assist Mr. Kerry's understanding of the situation in Israel, if he consulted the scriptures. Especially Genesis 12:3. The English Standard Version says it as clearly as it can be said: "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you."
And all this time you wondered why America has crumbled and fallen from her high perch above all the nations of the earth. Clearly, it results from the American government's contempt for Israel.
J. D. Longstreet
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