The Miracle of Zionism

"Israel is the only nation in the world that is governing itself in the same territory, under the same name, and with the same religion and same language as it did 3,000 years ago." - Historian Barbara Tuchman

"Israel is the only nation on the face of the earth that was created by a sovereign act of God" - Pastor John Hagee

"All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?" - Author / Atheist, Mark Twain (long before the Holocaust and Israeli-Jewish statehood)

"They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a Bauble in comparison of the Jews. They have given religion to three quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily, than any other Nation ancient or modern." - President John Adams - His 1808 response letter criticizing the depiction of Jews by the French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Criticizing Israel While Refusing to Recognize Their Covenant with The God of Israel



There are two types of criticism of Israel:
  1. A constructive criticism that at its core motive is to support Israel against his enemies or is based upon Israel's compliance with their covenant that they have with the God of Israel, which also supports Israel against his enemies.
  2. A criticism that comes from a willingness (not a reluctance) to paint Israel in a bad light while contending with his enemies, thereby supporting Israel's enemies.
I personally criticize Israel all the time for their noncompliance to the covenant while at the same time I stand ready and willing to defend Israel come hail or high water based upon that very covenant that they continually fail to conform to. This is not the case with Israel's true enemies. They seek to criticize Israel for doing anything remotely close to what seems to be covenant-based.
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For Israel to drive his enemies out of their covenanted land (Ex. 34:24 Deut. 4:38 / 7:1 Joel 3:2) that would in turn make Israel terrorism / terrorist-free would be seen among the Gentile nations as the greatest war crime ever among the nations, while most of Israel's response to unprovoked attacks upon their citizens are seen somehow as acts of aggression. When Israel moved away from the covenant during Gaza expulsion in August 2005, it resulted in more rockets coming into Israel from Gaza within two years than the entire period of the so-called occupation of Gaza (1967-2005). Yet the Quartet applauded and even demanded such a move of Israel's withdraw from Gaza. This is more proof added to the Gentile world history that they love "dead Jews" and are willing seeking by political means the death of Israel - the state of the Jews!
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Any criticism of Israel should always be based upon whether Israel is in compliance with their God-given covenant. No criticism should ever be based upon what's politically correct and most especially when it's coming form the Quartet. When criticism of Israel is based outside the covenant's (Bible) parameters, such criticism has already been spiritually corrupted to begin with. The covenant-rejectors of the world will never support any political ideas that even remotely supports a portion of the everlasting covenant God has with Israel. They can't because they are spiritually tied to the rejection of the covenant and therefore the death of Israel.
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If criticizing Israel is not based upon "the covenant" and all its principles, then that very criticism has to be based upon an attempt to conform Israel to a position that is outside all that "the covenant" spiritually means to and calls Israel to be. There is no way around that, for there is no in between. This is why tiny Israel brings such a huge spiritual decision to the nations of the world, and depending on how one views Israel's place in the world determines a great deal on how close to the God of the covenant they are!
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There is a spiritual reason as to why the Palestinians are called just that - "Palestinians". They've adopted that name which is derived from Roman Emperor Hadrian renaming the covenanted land of Israel to "Palestine" after the Bar Kochba revolt in 135 CE of which thousands of Jews were slaughtered and then ever forbidden to enter Jerusalem - the city of David renamed Aelia Capitolina by Hadrian, and then later renamed Al-Quds by the Muslims.
http://www.levitt.com/essays/palestine.html
Therefore, like the "Philistines" from whom Hadrian's renaming of Israel came, the name "Palestine" is spiritually associated and linked with Jew-slaughter but more importantly with "covenant denial" of Jewish habitation within the land of Israel. Is there any spiritual-wonder as to why the Palestinians' "final solution" from which they chant are "from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean)"? http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3236542,00.html
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If the Palestinians, with their Hamas-electing tendencies, their Islamic-jihad asperations, their shahid-suicide bomb supporting culture, their arms-struggle for all of Palestine goals, and their very cause as a people by which their very name reveals are not "pro-covenant" towards the land of Israel and the Jews, then their entire cause on any and every level is simply "anti-covenant". Therefore, any backing or support of these anti-covenant Palestinians in their endeavors against Israel in whatever form or however intended, spiritually becomes "anti-covenant" period!
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All Palestinian / Islamic terrorism is totally based upon the side of "anti-covenant" - the fulfillment of the Jewish return to the land of their forefathers (Ezekiel 37:22-28). Their spiritual Islamic goal is specifically set to deny the Jews their fulfillment of prophecy from their God Jehovah in order that they may honor of their god Allah, and that Islam be the superior of all religions (Koran 8:39 / 9:33).
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Perhaps even without knowing it every Israeli response to anti-covenant based terrorism has been an attempt to indeed put an end to this Palestinian "anti-covenant" terrorism. There is no part of Palestinian terrorism that is not anti-covenant based of which Israel is trying to stop. Therefore, such anti-terrorism based response can only be a "pro-covenant" response being that it promotes circumstances and conditions for Israel that is closer to all that the covenant actually declares and stands for - the Jewish people living in peace and safety in the land of their forefathers (Deuteronomy 33:28-29 / Ezekiel 36:33-38)!
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When I hear someone criticizing Israel's policies, I immediately check their motive. Are they wishing for Israel to conform to their God-given covenant or are they wishing Israel to conform to a Gentile policy that is in fact outside, or even denies their covenant with God? Again, any criticism of Israel outside "covenant criticism" is a criticism that is based on anti-covenantism!
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When one is convinced that the Christians are the "new" covenant people replacing the Jews based upon Galatians 6:15-16 (replacement theology) or that the Muslims have replaced the Jews as "God's chosen" based upon sura 3:110 (Islamic replacement theology) then their criticism will most always be based upon their spiritual willingness, and certainly never a spiritual reluctance, to criticize Israel both spiritually and therefore politically whether they realize it or not.
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It doesn't matter how right and justified Israel may be on any given issue, critics of Israel will always find a way to criticize Israel, and or, criticize anyone who defends Israel in their justification. This is why it is helpful to know a person's general stance on the issue of Israel itself. Whatever the stance or mindset that one has towards Israel to begin with, it will generally come out in the form of criticism, being either "for" or "against" the everlasting covenant God has with His people as fully depicted throughout the Hebrew scriptures.
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The accusation against those who chose to defend Israel stating that such a person believes "Israel can do no wrong" usually (not always) comes from someone who believes "Israel can do no right" or at least has the mindset and holds to their Christian / Islamic belief that Israel has no covenant when it comes to dealing with Palestinian terrorism. The victim-villain role-switch of "Israeli aggression and Palestinian victimization" has been a "anti-Israel / anti Jewish" method used by all of Israel's enemies including the world media for quite a long time. Again, the very covenant itself should be the over-all deciding factor on any given issue concerning the Jewish Israelis. And this certainly includes any issues concerning the so-called occupied areas of Gaza and the West Bank of which so happens to be part of the covenant (Joshua 15).
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Some of the questions I ask myself on every action the State of Israel expresses include:
  • Does such action promote or is inline with biblical principles including all of the Torah?
  • Is such actions agree or disagree with all biblical prophecies concerning the Jews and the nation of Israel?
  • Does such actions please the Gentile nations (namely the Quartet) more than it pleases the God of their covenant, and vice-versa?
  • Does such actions help, advance, support, encourage, influence, and excite Israel's enemies, or does it deter, discourage, hinder, frighten, and prevent Israel enemies from committing unproved attacks against Israel be it military or civilians?
  • Are such actions in direct support the everlasting covenant God has with His Jewish people, or are they in total contempt of the covenant?
The people who are willing to openly criticize Israel over their so-called "disproportionate response" every time Israel is attacked but are ever so silent over the initial attack against Israel in the first place, demonstrates that they are more concerned for the welfare of Israel's enemies who has no everlasting covenant with God than the Jewish Israelis themselves who do have an everlasting covenant with God. They are more willing that Israel be handcuffed in response in the name of "disproportionate response" than Israel attackers be handcuffed for their very terrorism! They do this regardless how such handcuffing Israel encourages the initial attackers (Israel's enemies) to continue their attacking! It blows my pro-covenant mind!
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Those who cry, "disproportionate" are for the most part "disproportionate" in their criticism of Israel verses their criticism of Israel's enemies! This is quite ironic when it's Israel enemies that always (and I do mean always) starts any and all confrontations - always! The "Israel can do no wrong" jab that is so often used by Israel's critics should be met with the fact that "yes, Israel actually has "done no wrong" by starting a war or initiating a terrorist attack"!
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This verbal comeback should make them stop and think of Israel's non-conflictual nature that they have demonstrated throughout their 60-plus year history in trying to do everything that they can to make peace with the Palestinians and with all their Muslims-Islamic neighbors around them. However, such an explicit reality still won't keep the disproportionate-concept factor that is embedded in the minds of these disproportionate-critics from taking center stage on Palestinian / Hezbollah-terrorism issues, while the guilty party of who started the entire conflict to begin with is completely forgotten and is willfully overlooked. This willful and blatant injustice happens because these Israel critics' mindsets are not covenant-based but anti-covenant based!
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When the 2003 EU survey declared Israel as "the most dangerous country in the world" ahead of Iran, Korea, and Venezuela, it showed how the white Christian Europeans have this inner hatred for Jewish Israel. And call me crazy, but I believe such an antisemitic result is due to Israelis being non-Christian and God's chosen people (and many of them non-white) all at the same time. Most all critics of Israel (especially the world media) who are eagerly willing to criticize Israel outside the everlasting covenant, I find much of this EU survey results resonates within them as well.
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The cartoon above depicts perfectly the "world of Israeli criticism" (a world that influences some more than others). Charges of "hurting of civilians" and "escalating the violence" under the banner of "disproportionate response" keeps the world focused not on Israel's enemies and what Israel's enemies initiates in the form of terrorism towards innocent Israeli civilians, but on Israel! Israel is then seen as Christ-denying Jews, who are so dangerous in the world in wanting to hurt the poor Palestinians and the poor people of Lebanon just like they wanted to hurt Jesus1, when all the poor jihadists are wanting to do is annihilate the most dangerous country ever known to Europe - Israel.
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If it is true that an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then the bottom line answer to the Israeli "disproportionate response" question is quite simple: If Israel is never attacked by unprovoked terrorism, the world would never find itself in a position nor the need to criticize Israel for what they see as disproportionate response! Again, that's bottom line! Any other reasoning automatically calls for the acceptance of terrorism against the Jews as a norm of which cannot be fixed nor address as the biggest obstacle towards the solution to the problem. Of course when the annihilation of the State of Israel is their inner most goals by reason of anti-covenantism then who whats to address the "real" and "only" solution to Palestinian / Hezbollah terrorism? But to point out their hypocrisy - their unjust criticism: if all the energy that it takes to get the world wound up over Israeli responses to Jewish civilian murder and use that energy as they should against the initial and premeditated terrorist attackers, then the terrorist attackers themselves might just consider it twice before carrying out their Jew-murdering attacks on Israeli citizens!
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As it currently stands, the world offers the Palestinian and Hezbollah Islamic terrorists the enjoyment of a win-win situation. Their initial premeditated terrorist attacks that target innocent Jewish civilians are almost completely overlooked by world governments, world media, and general populations, while any and all Israelis responses are criticized as "disproportionate". In this way these terrorists are backed by the world by making Israel the villain and the Palestinians / Hezbollah (people of Lebanon) the victim - a spiritual / political role-switch. The world doesn't want to hold the Palestinians accountable for anything and make Israel accountable in order to blame them for something the Palestinians started!
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This is also the reason that Palestinian and Hezbollah terrorist hide behind their own civilians when Israel is hot on their tail in pursuit. If either the civilian (human shield) or the terrorist is killed by Israeli forces, the civilian and the terrorist both becomes Islamic shahid martyrs. They know all too well that Israel will be condemned by the world for making either their human-shield or the terrorist a martyr, and that the terrorist that initially caused the civilian to be a human shield to begin with will never be condemned or even mentioned for that matter! All because the world for the most part, hates Jews and Israel (elements of the covenant) of whom they seek to paint in a evil-light any chance that they get!
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All in all, the complete answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the full implementation of the everlasting covenant that the God of Israel has with His Jewish people throughout the land as the Palestinians like to say, "from the river to the sea". The further away Israel gets from their covenant with their God the more they will find themselves among world (Gentile)-overlooked Islamic terrorism. There, I just criticized Israel - the right way!
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Covenant prophecy:
Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them. - Jeremiah 33: 23-26

Notes:
1. One media cartoon depicted the wheelchair-bound Hamas
sheikh Ahmed Yassin (whom the Israelis righteously sent a missile into his lions on March 22, 2004) as being nailed upon the Christian-cross while the Jews were rejoicing.

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