The Arab/Israeli Conflict
I SHALL COMPLETELY BLOT OUT THE REMEMBRANCE OF AMALEK FROM UNDER HEAVEN!” (Exodus 17:14)Who is Amalek?
Amaleka was the grandson of Esau, who had sold his birthright for a pot of lentils to his brother Jacob. When Esau also lost his inheritance to Jacob, Esau hated Jacob and vowed to kill him. Esau therefore taught his grandson, Amalek, to hate and pursue Jacob and his descendants, the Israelites.
Amalek attacked the Israelites (Jacob’s descendants) while Moses was leading them out of Egypt into the Promised Land. The battle was fierce, and while Moses held up the staff of G-d on top of the hill, Israel prevailed over the Amalekites. But when Moses’ hands became tired and let down the staff of G-d, the Amalekites prevailed over Israel. Only after Aaron (the priest and brother of Moses) and Hur made Moses sit down and supported his hands, did Joshua destroy the Amalekites with the swordb.
Then G-d said, “I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven!”, and commanded Israel, “Remember what the Amalekites did to you on the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn-out they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the Lord your G-d gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land He is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. DO NOT FORGET!” c
Hence – THE L-RD WILL HAVE WAR WITH AMALEK FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION until Israel has done what the L-RD commanded.
King Saul failed to utterly destroy Amalek as he had been commandedd, and as a consequence lost his kingship, his peace and soul, and was slain by an Amalekitee. Ever since, each generation of the Jewish people has had war with an “Amalek”: Haman ; Hitler; Nasser, and now the Palestinian entity with Arafat at its head.
G-d ousted “Amalek” from the land to make room for His people returning from a two millennia exile. But, not wanting these people to suffer the loss of everything, Israel invited them back in.
Ever since, this “Amalek” has been a thorn in Israel’s flesh, a poisonous asp in her side, for Israel sinned as King Saul had: being small in her own eyes she did NOT REMEMBER to carry out G-d’s oath, but had mercy on a people G-d wanted removed from the Land.
As announced by the prophet Balaam, G-d proclaims that in the end, “Amalek shall come to total destruction.” f
Hence, whoever spares “Amalek” at the expense of Israel must bear the fierce wrath of the Holy One of Israel.
VOLUME 5 NEWSLETTER MARCH 29, 1988Dear “Or Tzion” Family,
A Scriptural and historical Guide
to a better understanding of
the Arab-Israeli “Conflict”
Grace to you and Peace from G-d the Father and our Lord Yeshua HaMashiach, Who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our G-d and Father; to Whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. He is the Father of mercies and G-d of all comfort, Who comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by G-d1.
Yes, “comfort, comfort my people,” says your G-d2, “for just as you were once disobedient to G-d but now have obtained mercy through their disobedience, so they also now are being disobedient (when you are receiving mercy), that they in turn may one day share the mercy which has been shown to you. Thus through the mercy you are enjoying, they may now also receive mercy. For G-d has consigned all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all alike.”3 Indeed, were His Presence not our refuge and His Word and good promises to the House of Israel not our trust, we would be without comfort. For once again we are alone, with but One to turn to for help, strength and comfort, namely the Holy One of Israel, the Father of mercies. And we desire, with all the might of our hearts, to comfort our people in these days of deep affliction with that comfort which flows from G-d alone and His Mashiach Yeshua. When we see our people engulfed with that sense of isolation, forsakeness and hopelesness, desperately trying to make some sense out of the world’s hostility, and find again enough strength and joy to face the next day and see purpose in it, we want to pour ourselves out for them in order that they may finally see the Hope of Israel, Yeshua, and be encouraged and comforted in Him.
Dearest friends, to write this newsletter is difficult this time. For although the Lord’s Care and Presence is our shelter and peace in the midst of a turbulent sea of troubles, how can I rejoice in that peace, while facing its absence in our people’s daily lives? Rather, like Jeremiah my heart is seized with anguish4 and I simply cannot keep silent!
Years ago G-d said that He had set me to identify with the nation: whatever happened to her would be as if it happened to me personally. Her pain and affliction would become my own, and through the strong labour of my soul I would give birth to the fruit of G-d’s Word conceived in the womb of my spirit5. And I see now that He really meant it! For no matter how much I try to distance myself, I am smitten right in my heart6. The experience on a national level becomes my own on a personal one. And memories arise of long forgotten pains. As a child my mother, grandmother and I were relocated to South Bavaria. There, anti-semitic children attacked me shamelessly – they stalked me, they beat me, they scattered the contents of my school bag, they insulted me and slandered my mother. There was no one to come to my aid – no father, no brother. I was helpless and forsaken, while people stood idly by. When I did kick and scratch in self- defense, they called me “the devil” and slandered me and my mother once again. I was condemned for defending myself and defeating my aggressors.
This is the anti-semitic experience of almost 2000 years, and of Israel in particular for now 54 years. What I experienced personally on a small scale, Israel is experiencing internationally on a grand scale, and probably will continue until that day, when G-d will cry out like a woman in travail, and will gasp and pant, bringing judgment upon the nations and salvation to His people, after He had held His peace for so long a time and kept still and restrained Himself 7.
Living in Israel for me is like being in the heart of G-d and in His eye and this experience is so profound it eclipses all things formerly deemed weighty. Here I have encountered the revelation of G-d’s bared heart, which like a fire consumes all previous revelations. It fills the heart with a fire as from the altar of G-d, a fire which constantly calls out to G-d, its voice never silent. The fire of G-d’s love burns, and burns, and burns, unquenchable, for my people. A flame from G-d’s heart kindled this fire in me, as it is written: “The flashes of this love are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame. Many waters (of affliction) cannot quench this love, neither can floods (of evil and troubles) drown it, and all the pleasures and treasures of this life become as stubble in its flames.”8 Is there any power to stop this fire? If there were, then G-d would not be Love9.
a Gen. 36:12 b Exodus 17:8-13 c NIV Deut. 25:17-19 d Ex 7:16; Deut. 25:17-19; 1 Sa 28:18 e 2 Samuel 1:10,16 f Numbers 24:20 1 Gal. 1:3-4; 2 Cor. 1:3-4 2 Isaiah 40:l 3 Roman 11:30-32, TAB 4 Jeremiah 4:19 5 Micah 5:3 6 Jer 8:18,21-22 7 Isaiah 42:14-16 8 Canticles 8:6-7 9 1 John 4:7-8
THE AMALEK SYNDROME
Praise G-d. Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their G-d, the LORD of hosts10, nor shall they be hated forever by those round about then11. But the nations, which stand passively by and simply look on while Israel is encircled round about with perpetual hatred, vengeful malice and unceasing violence from nations 500 times her size, and these nations do nothing to rebuke her assailants or prevent their violence12, but rather condem and slander Israel for defending herself, shall bear the rage and furious anger of the Lord of hosts13. They shall one day give their wealth to Israel 14 and she shall suckle at the breast of their leaders who today would withhold all comfort from her15. Then Israel’s overseers shall no longer be the UN forces nor UNIFIL, but ” Shalom.” The United Nations and the U.S. shall no longer be her taskmasters, but “righteousness.” The violence (of the Palestinians and terrorists) shall no more be heard in our land, nor their devastation and destruction WITHIN our borders16.
Friends, did vou know that those that set themselves against Israel set themselves against G-d?17 For the enemies of Israel are the enemies of G-d18. Did you know that she is the beloved of His soul and the apple of His eye?19 That Messiah – often called “The Angel of the Lord” in the Tenach (O.T.) – stands among His people sorrowful and mourning like myrtle trees in the deep valley of their affliction and distress, and makes intercession to G-d on their behalf, crying: “O L-RD of hosts, how long will You have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah…?” And the Lord answered Him Who wept over Jerusalem20 with gracious and comforting words. Wherefore the Angel of the Lord, i.e. the Lord Yeshua, told the prophet: “Cry out, ‘Thus says the L-RD of hosts: I Am EXCEEDINGLY JEALOUS for Jerusalem and for Zion. And I AM VERY ANGRY with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little they furthered the disaster .’”21 Did you know that the Day of G-d’s wrath, the Day of Judgment, comes on the world for three reasons?
1) Because of sin;
2) because of the rejection of Yeshua,
3) and because of the mistreatment of Israel22.
Six million were ruthlessly and cruelly murdered, while Christian nations were “at ease”, by their inertia furthering the disaster. While the smoke of Israel’s emaciated, cremated bodies rose to heaven, and the cries of unspeakable anguish, suffering and despair rang in G-d’s ears, Christians went to church to send their prayers to heaven and make their hymns ring in the ears of Him Whose brethren they allowed to be murdered without a pang of conscience. Were their prayers acceptable together with the smoke of Israel’s living sarifices?25 Were their hymns pleasing in G-d’s ears while mingling with the cries of despair of His slaughtered people? Is the Messiah of Israel a murderer? Is the G-d of Israel a Jew-hater?26 Has He utterly rejected Israel?27 Will He be forever angry with her? No! His words are gracious and comforting to Him Who is the Messiah of Israel, the Angel of the Lord Who stands among the sorrowing myrtle trees in the deep valley of their affliction.
Beloved, whoever knows what is right to do and-fails to do it, for him it is sin28. You know that it is G-d Who has restored the Jewish people to the Land, and not mere “Zionists.” You know that He promised to bring them back, to establish them in the Land He promised to the patriarchs, never to be plucked up again29. You know that G-d is the Creator of all the earth, that He calls Israel His OWN Land30 and that He gives it to whom He wills. You know that Yeshua will return to the literal Jerusalem, capital of literal Israel, and reign from there as King. You know that it is the will of G-d for you to bless Israel, to help build her up again, and to comfort her31.
Yet “Christians” are silent and watch passively, while their leaders collaborate with those who hate Israel with a fierce and perpetual enmity. Except for an elect remnant, they do not call wrong “wrong,” and lies “lies,” nor withstand the oppressor but on the contrary are at ease, again allowing the disaster to take its course. Shall the Messiah of Israel be fooled? Shall He not judge justly? Friends, it is high time to wake up and seek the highways to Zion32. G-d is waiting for you to arise, that by you He may comfort Zion, speak gracious and comforting words, strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees33. For if you, who has been brought near to the Commonwealth of Israel and been made to share in their spiritual blessings34 will stand aloof of the violence done to your brother Jacob, shall you escape the time of testing and trials?
Read the judgments of G-d upon Edom35 and realize, that you are more a brother to Jacob than Esau ever was. Islam is advancing rapidly, even on America’s shores, and if Christianity continues her slumber, she’ll wake up one day in the shackles of Islam.
10 Jeremiah 51:5 11 Isaiah 41:8-14 12 Eze 25:6-17; 35:5; Am 1:9, 11; Ob 10-14 13 Isaiah34:2 14 Isaiah 6l:6 15 Isaiah 54:11 16 Isaiah 60:l5-18 17 1 Samuel 17:45 18 Ps 83:2-3; 2:1-3; Jer. 12:14 19 Jeremiah 12:7; Zech. 2:8 20 Luke l9:4l 21 Zechariah l:8-15 22 Isaiah 24; 26:21; Jude 14-15; Hebrews 2:3; l2:25; Joel 3:1-3, 9-16, 19-21 23 love: 1 John 4:7-8, 20-21; Mt 5:43-48; bless: Genesis 12:3;.27:29; Numbers 24:9; uphold: Matthew 10:6; 15:24; 18:12-13; Isaiah 40:1-2, 9-11 24 Mt 7:2l-23; 25:39, 45 25 Ezekiel 20:4l 26 Jer. 3l:3; Hos. l1:8-9 27 Jeremiah 33:24-26 28 James 4:l7 29 Am 9:14-15; Jer. 32:42; l6:l5; 30:3 30 Ps 83:12; Ezekiel 36:5; Joel 3:2 31 Ge 12:3; Is 60:10; 61:5; 35:3-4; 40:l 32 Psalm 84:5 33 Isaiah 35:3 34 Eph. 2:12-13; Ro 15:27 35Obadiah 10-15
Historical Facts of the Arab/Israel Conflict
Let us now look at the claims and disputes of the Palestinians and of all the Arab nations, at their words and deeds and that of the nations in the light of the Scriptures.
I will provide you with some historical facts and events, although, of course, this will be rather brief, since neither time nor space allow me to cover every detail thoroughly. Then judge for yourselves who is in the right, and who in the wrong.
The territory of Israel (formerly “Palestine”), once known as Canaan, was inhabited historically by the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites36. It was only three times an independent state, and each time, a Jewish state. When Rome ruled over this area, they purposefully eliminated the name “Israel,” and named it “Palestina” instead, in reference to a Philistine conquest about 1,080 B.C.E. This example was followed by the League of Nations in our days.
The first Jewish commonwealth was ended by the Babylonian conquest of 586 B.C.E. The second Jewish commonwealth, although besieged by shortlived conquests, endured until it became a Roman province, “Palestina,” in 44 B.C.E. and eventually ceased under Roman conquest in 70 C.E. Since then there have been various foreign rulers and conquerors over this region, but no sovereign, independent state until 1948. Then the third Jewish commonwealth in the form of the modern state of Israel was birthed in one day37, once again in the territory of former Canaan, which was promised to the patriarchs of Israel and is claimed by G-d to be His own Land and the portion of His heritage38.
The Palestinians are, therefore, in dispute with the Almighty Himself — not just with a nation of mere men, because this nation, and these men are “the armies of the Living G-d, which the Philistines/Palestinians are defying39.
There never has been, in the entire history of this area, an independent sovereign state called Palestine. The Philistines themselves were a remnant from Caphtor40 known as Caphtorim, Cherethites or Casluhim (descended from Egypt, son of Ham) who invaded the coastal strip of Gaza, killed the Avvim living there and settled in their stead41. Therefore the neighboring peoples called them “plishtim,” which means “invaders.” They lived in the region from Gaza to Ekron, from Lachish to Ziklak, calling it “Philistia.” Philistia extended along the short coastal strip from today’s Raphla to Joppa/Jaffa, into the northen region of the Negev toward Beer-Sheva. This was the largest area of all of “Philistia/Palestine” the “plishtim / invaders / Philistines / Palestinians” ever held. By the time of the Roman Empire, they had long ceased to be a distinct national entity, having been destroyed and assimilated into other peoples.
The Byzantines, Christian heirs of the Roman Empire, then ruled until the Arabs entered Palestine in 633 C.E. From 637 to 1071 C.E. all of Palestine was under the domination of Islam, ruled over not by local Arabs, but by the fiat of remote Caliphs, who either resided in Baghdad or Damascus. It is this era of the Arab’s “glorious” past that they wish to restore and to which they refer when speaking of their intrinsic rights to this region, claiming that Palestine was given to them by Allah as a result of the “Jihad” in the 7th century, although even then no sovereign Palestinian nation had been created by them. Their dominion over this territory, which is to be the meeting place of all Moslem believers on the Day of Resurrection (this claim lies at the root of the recent Islamic fundamentalist involvement with PLO terrorist activities), lasted but a short period, while that of Jewish sovereignty endured over a 1,000 years.
In 1096 C.E. the first Crusade began. Crusaders, in the Name of Christ, pillaged Palestine until 1291 C.E., when the Arabs drove them out again. Various conquerors spoiled and desolated the region, until in 1517 C.E. Palestine became a province of the Turkish Empire and was made part of “Greater Syria.” Under the Ottoman rule the land became utterly desolated and denuded, the ruling class living in great luxury and comfort, while the ordinary masses vegetated in darkest ignorance, illiteracy and starkest poverty. Yet, whether rich or poor, mighty or pauper, all identified themselves as “Moslem Syrians,” not as “Palestinians.”
Upon the conquest of the Ottoman Empire following WW I, the League of Nations entrusted the Mandate of the conquered territory of “Greater Syria” (which included the territory of Irak, Syria, Transjordan and Palestine) to the British Government at the San Remo conference in 1920. The Mandate was confirmed by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922, and came officially into force, under the name “Palestine,” on Sept. 29, 1923. This embodied the “Balfour Declaration” of November 2, 1917, which was also incorporated into the Treaty of Peace with Turkey. This Declaration was issued in recognition of the invaluable contribution of Jewish “Palestinian” fighting forces during WWI, and Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s contribution in the area of science42, which enabled Britain to carry on the war victoriously. In July 1917 a formula was set, embodying “the principle of recognizing Palestine as the national home for the Jewish people” and postulating “as essential for the realization of the principle the grant of internal autonomy to the Jews in Palestine, freedom of immigration for Jews, and the establishment of a Jewish National Colonising Corporation for the resettlement and economic development of the country.” The Government made certain modifications in this formula and on November 2, 1917, Mr. Balfour addressed a letter to Lord Rothchild containing the following pronouncement:
36 Exodus 3:8 37 Isaiah 66:8 38 Jeremiah 12:7-10, 14 39 Joel 3:4; 1 Sa 17:26, 36, 45 40 today’s island of Crete 41 Deut. 2:23; 1 Chronicles 1:11-12; Jeremiah 47:4; Amos 9:7; Zephania 2:5 42 having perfected a valuable process for the production of acetone
The Balfour Declaration for a Jewish National Home
Foreign Office, Nov. 2, 1917 Dear Lord Rothchild,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 views 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.
Arthur James Balfour
The Declaration was endorsed on August 10, 1920, by the principal Allied Powers in the Treaty of Sèvres. The Jewish Agency of Palestine, consisting of Zionists and non-Zionists, was recognized under the Mandate as a public body… in matters affecting the establishment of the Jewish National Home.
Yet this British pledge was almost immediately obstructed with irksome British interpretations, the first being the White Paper of 1922. This paper was augmented in 1939, restricting Jewish immigration to a dwindle in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust, for reason of promises also made to the Arabs. They, similarly to the Jews, had contributed fighting forces to Britain in WWI, and emerged with less than they had anticipated in compensation. Yet within a decade of WWI, they had acquired several states – Yemen (l918), Egypt (1922), and Iraq (1926, excised by Winston Churchill out of the Mandate). Since WW II, they have acquired yet more states – Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lybia, Marocco, Southern Yemen, Syria, the Sudan and Tunisia, apart from the already existing Iran and Saudi-Arabia. Today there are 22 sovereign Arab states – and one tiny Jewish state at the fringes. This one small strip of a Jewish state is too much, while 22 Arab states are not enough.
At the Peace Conference in 1918, other peoples seeking independence turned to the Zionist leadership for counsel and assistance, including the Arabs. Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who was to become first President of Israel, assisted them and others. This Arab indebtedness was acknowledged by Prince Faisal, representing the Arab Kingdom of Hejaz, the chief spokesman for the Arab cause and son of Hussein, the Sharif of Mecca, the most prestigious post then in the Arab world. In a letter dated March 3, 1919, to Felix Frankfurter, then very much involved in the Zionist cause, Prince Faisal wrote:
Faisal Ibn Hussein
Chaim Weizmann, March 3rd, 1919
Dear Mr. Frankfurter,
…We feel that the Arabs and Jews are cousins in race, having suffered similar oppressions at the hands of powers stronger than themselves, and by a happy coincidence have been able to take the first step towards the attainment of their national ideals together. We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organization to the Peace Conference and we regard them as moderate and proper. We will do our best, in so far as we are concerned, to help then through. We will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.
…Dr. Weizmann has been a great helper of our cause, and I hope the Arabs may soon be in a position to make the Jews welcome in return for their kindness. We are working together or a reformed and revived Near East, and our two movements complete one another. The Jewish movement is national and not imperialist; our movement is national and not imperialist; and there is room in Syria for us both. Indeed, I think that neither can be a real success without the other.
People less informed and less responsible than our leaders and yours, ignoring the need for co-operation of the Arabs and Zionists, have been trying to exploit the local difficulties that must necessarily arise in Palestine in the early stages of our movement. Some of them have, I am afraid, misrepresented your aims to the Arab peasantry and our aims to the Jewish peasantry with the result, that interested parties have been able to make capital out of what they call our differences.
… I look forward, and my people with me look forward, to a future in which we will help you and you will help us, so that the countries in which we are mutually interested may once again take their places In the community of civilised people of the world.
Yours sincerely, FAISAL.
The Zionist leaders recognized that a cardinal point in resettlement must be Arab-Jewish co-operation, and that the rights of the Arabs in Palestine must be respected. Wherefore in 1918 Dr. Weizmann, accompanied by Major W. Ormsby-Gore, who was attached to the Zionist Commission as Political Officer of the Government, went to Akaba to meet Prince Faisal. Faisal’s father Hussein revolted against the Turks after a correspondence in 1915 with Sir Henry MacMahon, the British High Commissioner in Egypt who, on behalf of the British Government, had promised independence after the war to the Arab territories of the Ottoman Empire. The meeting between Dr. Weizmann and Prince Faisal resulted in the exchange of the famous Faisal-Weizmann Agreement for the establishment of an Arab and Jewish State and their friendly and close collaboration, and Faisal’s letter to Dr. Frankfurter.
Arab Nationalism and Islamic World Dominion
Palestine was then, in geo-political terminology, part of Syria. On Feb. 3, 1919, the Syrian spokesman to the Peace Conference declared “Let the Jews settle in Palestine – if they form the majority there, let them be its rulers.” Nevertheless, an Egyptian Brotherhood leader asserted, “It is the nature of Islam to rule and not to be ruled…”43 This statement reflected the awakening Arab nostalgia for a glorious past, revived once again in one mighty “Arab nation,” with the decadent West once more in defeat withdrawing.
With fiery words the poets and intelligentsia within the Arabic world fanned the flames of nationalism within the framework of Arabic-Islamic world dominion. Meanwhile Western countries have remained unaware of the bitter contempt Arabs harbor for the West, whose modernization they seek, all the while disdaining its ethics and culture. According to Arab ideology and propaganda, the West is corrupt, immoral, “imperialist,” “colonialist,” and “capitalist.” Israel is regarded as being an instrument of the West intended to despoil and torment Arabs. Oddly enough, the cradle of Arab nationalism was Protestant and Catholic institutions of higher education, while the striking example of Zionism provided the incentive which in the 1920’s broadened the base of Arab nationalism.
Other external stimulants were the Young Turks’ promise of Arab home rule in the first decade of the 20th century and, in WW I, Allied courtship of the Arab princes against the Turks. Even though the Arabs’ dream of their glorious past was once more realized, and the “pure” religion of Islam taking is proper leading position, they regarded it obstacled with the creation of the Zionist state. This ranks high among the reasons Arabs resent Israel so bitterly: because the Zionist state arose just as their “cosmic vindication” seemed within their grasp. And so the West humiliated the Arabs once more by supporting the establishment of a state quite like themselves, a Western “imperialist thorn” in the midst of Islamic purity and Arabic superiority.
Furthermore, the proper world order had been made to stand on its head by the Jews suddenly constituting a sovereign people, surely the least likely people on earth. While we think of Jew and Arab as follow Semites, the denigration of Jews practiced by Muslims as well as Christians is a basic element in Arab hostility, albeit obscured and explicitly denied by all sides involved, including Western diplomats. Denied a claim to dominion in the Koran44, and traditionally viewed as a subject people at the mercy of rulers and the occasional excesses of mobs, among both Christians and Muslims, the thought of the Jews as rulers suggests cosmic disorder, explaing the common Arab complaint of Jewish statehood as “abnormal,” “unnatural,” and “articifial.”
The Muslim record of Jewish persecution, however, pales in comparison with the even more devastating Christian one. In all practicality though, the Arabs’ denigration of the Jews is not much different than the Christians’, at least as regards their political subjection. Amazingly, this adamant Arab rejection of Jewish rule and sovereignity was utterly obscured in Western diplomacy and press, and actually never figured as a major, potential element in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Several reasons account for this curious consensus:
Arab spokesmen invariably protest that their quarrel is not with the Jews, but with Zionism, using code-words not readily understood in the West like: “Jewish” means tolerance toward the “natural” condition of that people, as a protected minority; “Zionist” means the intolerable quality of Jewish sovereignty, while “Israeli” is not utterly unacceptable, if “de-Zionised,” i.e. “no longer a Jewish state.”
According to (the late) King Hussein of Jordan, “the relationship that enabled Jews and Arabs to live together for centuries as neighbors and friends has been destroyed by Zionist ideas and actions.”45 And Mdme. Katy Antonius of Jerusalem’s Arab high society complained to Kenneth Bilby, a British Government Official, “before you started promoting a Jewish state, I knew many Jews in Jerusalem and enjoyed good relations with them socially.”46 Hence the childlike expectation among Arabs that the Jewish state will naturally somehow dissolve; also the belief that Jewish statehood is a thoroughly factitious phenomenon held together by crafty means against all nature; also the insistence that Jews are “merely” a religious group that cannot possibly constitute a nation (hence the Arab code, “secular” Palestine. Since a Jewish state is by definition religious, secularizing it is to abolish it). Indeed, Arabs appear genuinely puzzled that the Jews should act so totally out of character and issued a warning that their toleration as minorities around the world is jeopardized by the insistence of constituting the majority in one country, Israel.
It seems that not only the Arabs appear puzzled but also the Western “Christian” nations, which naturally assume the “right” of pressurizing Israel into making concessions and following the West’s patronizing “good-will” advise.
43 George Kirk; “Proceedings of the Annual Conference”; American Academic Association for Peace in the Middle East; 1969, pp. 31 44 Surah 4:52, 53, 54, 55 45 “Hussein,” op.cit., pp. 91 46 “Bilby,” op.cit., p.88
Jewish Ghettos and Anti-Semitism in Arabia
Since the conquest of wealthy Kheibar, the center of Jewish power in Arabia, Mohammed imposed political subjection and economic exploitation upon the Jews, who then continued to exist throughout Islam within self-administering religious communities, called “millets,” until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The Jew’s position as a tolerated group of outsiders was extremely vulnerable, and even exposure to the modern West did not affect Muslim treatment of Jews for the better, since Western maltreatment of Jews fitted with old Muslim practice.
George Sale, the English translator of the Koran, wrote one hundred and twenty years ago that Muslims then treated the Jews “as the most abject and contemptible people on earth.” This attitude existed long before the term “Zionism” was coined. The contempt of Jews pervaded everyday behavior. An Arab who felt he was being treated with contempt by another would say: “Am I a Jew to you?”, just as his Western counterpart, who feels cheated in a business transaction, says: “I was ‘Jewed.’” That this most abject, Jewish “millet” should presume to rule over Muslims in the Arab heartland is a particularly unbearable thought, and is probably sufficient reason why it is NOT the shape or extent, but rather the FACT of Jewish STATEHOOD, that most disturbs the Arabs.
Wherefore Umar Rushdi, lecturer in National Guidance at the Egyptian Military Academy, wrote in his book, “Zionism and its Protegé Israel,” pp. 61: “As we have said and will always say, there is no possibility that Israel shall live in the middle of an environment that loathes and despises her; not only is this the Arab feeling, but they [the Arabs] are profoundly convinced that their existence is a constant danger to the security and integrity of the region, and that Israel does not represent a State but the focus of imperialist plots and intrigues against this region. It is obvious that the absorption of Israel in the Arab homeland is impossible in any shape or form.”
The Seventh chapter of the Egyptian National Covenant states: “Imperialistic Intrigue went to the extent of seizing a part of Arab territory of Palestine, in the heart of the Arab Motherland, and usurping it without any justification or right of law, the aim being to establish a military fascist regime, which cannot live except by military threats. The real danger of this threat emulates from the fact that Israel is the tool of imperialism.”
Anwar Gamal Abdul Nasser, Egyptian President before Anwar Sadat, often declared that the establishment of Israel was the “greatest crime in history” (July 9, 1955), and of Ben Gurion, Israel’s “great old man” and first Prime-Minister, that he, not Hitler, was the greatest criminal in this century. “To the disaster of Palestine there is no parallel in human history,” he declared on December 23rd, 1953, disregarding the murder of six million Jews.
Yet another feature figures prominently in the categorical rejection of Israel and any peace-settlement with her, this being the wounded pride and self-esteem of the Arabs, sustained after their defeat by Israel. The Muslim heritage and tradition lean heavily upon the idea that war is a particularly appropriate and successful manner of Muslim assertiveness, while the Jews are naturally defenseless and unmanly. Repeated defeat at the hands of those “defenseless and unmanly creatures” has created for the Arabs an emotional-ideological dead-lock that no Western diplomacy nor Israeli compromise can undo. Arabs, as admitted by foreign observers, are a fiercely vengeful people. “With the Arabs, to be implacable and revengeful is the sign of a proud and noble man. ‘He who takes revenge after forty years is in a hurry,’ says a Beduin proverb. Even today, blood feuds and honor codes have profound implications for manhood and self-worth among these people.”
Since the creation and subsequent defense of the Jewish State has entailed both humiliation and casualties for the Arabs, wounded pride and vengefulness has aggravated Arab hostility to Israel. Because this attitude is foreign to the West, the fierce blood curdling threats of vengeance toward Israel unfortunately have been overlooked and been portrayed as a somewhat theatrical “save Face” conduct, not to be taken seriously. Therefore, this total lack of understanding blinds the West to the real Arab intentions and aspirations, which is not the restoration of the territories to the Palestinians, nor the solution to the refugee problem, but: the liquidation and utter elimination of the state of Israel.
Although it is common knowledge that hypocrisy and deception are especially prominent in Arab life, Western interviewers of Arab leaders do not allow this characteristic feature to intrude upon their intimate appraisal of the latter, nor is any clarification given to typical Arab terminology in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict.” It is a whole coded language, and unless one carefully listens and reads their repeated rhetoric, one will be fooled by the harmless enough sounding vocabulary. For instance, a “just and comprehensive solution” to the Palestine problem does not mean some negotiable compromise, but the destruction of the State of Israel.
Former king Hussein of Jordan asserted “that Jordan was never reconciled to the creation of Israel, imposed de facto on the Arab states in 1948. Jordan and the other Arab states firmly believe, as they do today, that a situation so starkly unjust could never last – and believe passionately that the world’s conscience would sooner or later rectify the wrong by a just and satisfactory solution.” 47 Since the creation of Israel is regarded as the greatest crime and starkest injustice in all of human history, the only “just and satisfactory” solution is, of course, the elimination of this injustice. As a Damascus Radio commentator said on August 6, 1964: “…There is no way to stability in this region except by the liquidation of the causes of the instability, which constitute the cancer – Israel.”
Time and space do not permit me in this letter to adequately list and quote the repeated rhetoric of Arab leaders, which has by no means decreased but rather heavily intensified. Please note that the terminology of Arabic nationalism and hate-rhetoric differs between that meant for home consumption and that fed to the West. The latter, made to manipulate public opinion, has the Westerners believing in Arab moderation, which results in pressuring for Israeli concessions on any issue with the Arabs as a matter of course. But let me touch on some more historical facts, to provide you with yet a clearer picture.
In reaction to the establishment of the Jewish Homeland, the Arabs founded “The Arab League” on March 22, 1945 with a signing of a pact in Cairo48 by Syria, [Trans]Jordan, Iraq, Saudi-Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Yemen49. The principal objective of the League (which almost became the main justification for its existence) was the political, propaganda, economic, and military offensive against Israel, popularly referred to as “the struggle for the liberation of Palestine,” i.e. the liquidation of Israel. Explicitly prohibited was any acquiescence to Israel’s existence or the making of separate arrangements with her50 (Resolution of April 1950).
* See also page 7 regarding size difference
War Against Israel Challenges God’s Oath
On the day of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, which contained a sincere appeal for friendship with the Arab world, the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, supported by contingents from Saudi-Arabia and Yemen, crossed their frontiers and marched against Israel. On May 15, 1948, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Azam Pasha, told a press conference in Cairot: “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre51 which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades” (BBC broadcast). And that on the heel of the genocide of six million Jew!
Orders were then issued by the Arab League, exhorting the Arab population to seek temporary refuge in neighboring countries, and assured them that they would soon be able to return and share in the distribution of the massacred Jews’ possessions. Hence hundreds of thousands of Palestine Arabs cleared the battlefield for the slaughter.
However — the “Mongolian massacre” did not take place. The Arab armies lost the war. The Palestinians, who had cleared the battlefield in hope of spoil, found themselves displaced. It was the “Yishuv” who extended an invitation – not the “brother” Arab nations – to the Palestine Arabs to return to their homes and properties. Those who returned are holding Israeli citizenship with opportunities for a prosperous future.
The Palestinian refugee problem – kept as such by the Arab League as a political propaganda weapon against Israeli “occupation” – is a direct result of this war.
The crushing defeat of the 1948 war, followed by yet others in the wake of Arab attempts “to drive the Jews into the Sea,” each time their rhetoric becoming more boastful and bloodcurdling, and each time their defeat yet more devastating. In February 1956 an Egyptian Divisional Commander had issued a blunt directive: “Every officer must prepare himself for the inevitable struggle with Israel, with the objective of realizing our NOBLE AIM, namely the annihilation of Israel and her destruction in the shortest possible time and in the most brutal and cruel of battles.” An Arabic translation of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” (My Fight) was issued to Egyptian officers and found in their positions during the Sinai Campaign. A communique signed jointly by Nasser and Iraqi President Aref in 1963 proclaims, that “The aim of the Arabs is the destruction of Israel.” This followed a summit meeting of the League members in Cairo on January 1964, attended by 13 Arab states. Note, that these Arab states comprise an area of 4 Million square miles and a population of 80 Million, while Israel was/is 1/40th of their size in population, and 1/500th their size in area.
Vast Arab armies, equipped with the newest of war-gear, were defeated by an army a fraction their size using war-gear discarded by other nations. These defeats – averted from being total by U.S. and UN interference – were so damaging to Arab self-esteem as to be intolerable, rendering Arab rejection of Israel’s existence implacable.
On September 1, 1967, an Arab summit conference at Khartoum stated categorically, that the united Arab world would not rest until Israel was “wiped off the map, and her name would be remembered no more among the family of nations.”52 Until this day the Arab League upholds their policy of “a just and comprehensive peace” in the Middle East by “ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine,” which is a catch phrase for the destruction of Israel. No peace with Israel; no recognition of Israel, regardless of Arab assurances to the contrary to Westerners.
Opening your Bibles to Psalm 83, especially in the Living Bible, you will be shocked to find that Asaph apparently was eavesdropping thousands of years ago, overhearing the crafty plans of the League nations, who conspired together not to rest until Israel’s liquidation was achieved, and sealed this with a pact. Then Asaph lists the participating nations, namely those present at the summit conference. Similarly, when reading Psalm 2, one is aghast with the timely accuracy in the description of present day events. For indeed, the (Arab) nations assemble with commotion (uproar and confusion of voices53), and the (Palestinian) people imagine, meditate upon and devise an empty scheme, while the leaders of the earth take their places (at the U.N. tables and summit meetings). There they take counsel together AGAINST THE LORD AND HIS ANOINTED (which must not only refer to the Messiah, but can also indicate the nation of Israel54). They say – LITERALLY – in leaflets printed underground and distributed among the Palestinian population: “Let us break their bands (of occupation) asunder, and cast their cords (of control) from us” (Amplified Version; obvious interjections my own).
Note the reaction of G-d seated in the heavens above: He just laughs! He has them in derision! He also is extremely angry, declaring that He has already firmly settled the matter in advance, regardless of the nations’ efforts to the contrary: His King will be established on His holy hill of Zion. And He warns the political leaders and rulers of the earth to act wisely, no longer passing over and ignoring the essential role of G-d in this conflict, but on the contrary to be instructed and warned to reckon with G-d henceforth.
A War of Terror and Discrimination against Israel
Because of the League’s deficient war capacity (Arab warfare is sporadic), it sought compensation with a steady stream of anti-Israel rhetoric and literature, led and fuelled by Gamal Abdul Nasser. Such rhetoric eventually escalated into closing the Straits of Tiran, and the Six-Day War. In one of his daily speeches Nasser said, “if war broke out, the issue would not be the Gulf of Akaba, but ‘the destruction of Israel.’” The Middle Eastern map would no longer contain a “State of Israel.” On November 18, 1965 Nasser said in a radio address: “Our aim Is the full restoration of the rights of the Palestinian people; in other words, we aim at the destruction of the State of Israel.”55 Delegations from all the Arab countries flocked to Cairo to pledge their participation in the kill, and by the first week in June 1967, Egypt had received and deployed contingents from Kuwait, Algeria, Sudan and Iraq. Lybia and Tunesia took part; former King Hussein signed a Defense Pact with Nasser, placing Jordanian troops under Egypt’s command. An Iraqi delegation signed a similar pact.
On May 28, 1967, only several days before the Six-Day War, Nasser told a Cairo press conference: “Israel’s very existence is aggression.”56 On June 1, 1967, President Aref of Iraq said: “There is resolve, determination and unity among all Arab League nations to achieve our dear aim: to remove Israel from the map… It is the day to wash away the stain. We shall, god willing, meet in Tel Aviv and Haifa.”57
Vast crowds in the streets of Cairo shouted: “Nasser, Nasser, we are behind you! We will slaughter them! We will destroy them! Slaughter, slaughter, slaughter … !” The radio broadcasted this bloodthirsty delirium, and Egyptian General Mourtaghi announced: “In five days we shall liquidate the little State of Israel,” while Damascus asserted to “destroy Israel in four days at the most.”
As a result of Israel’s lightening victory after six days of war, Israel held 26,476 square miles of territory previously in Arab hands: 444 sq miles on the Golan Heights; 2,270 sq miles in Judea and Samaria; 140 sq miles in the Gaza strip, and 23,622 sq miles in Sinai (which was returned to Egypt58 in exchange for their non-aggression).
The “occupation” of the territories is the result of this war (of “extermination” of Israelis).
Yet, on April 10, 1968, Nasser still had the audacity to declare in a radio address: “We will move to the containment of Israel, and after that to… its eradication.”
Following their devastating defeat, the full scale of’ which was prevented by the U.S and the UN, the oil-rich Arab states began to apply political pressure in terms of “blackmail” with their oil, in order to secure a complete Israeli withdrawal. But Israel, remembering the traumatic experiences of the Arab attacks and ravages between 1952-56, would cling to the territorial gains, thereby ensuring a minimum of safety and security.
There is not a single center of population anywhere in Israel which is far from a hostile frontier. Tel Aviv/Jaffa is within 14 miles from the Jordan frontier, Jerusalem is less than a half mile from the Jordan border. From Mt. Carmel, where Haifa lies, the Lebanese frontier can be easily seen, and Jordan is but 24 miles away. Until those borders were made more secure with the territories as “buffer-zones” and Israel’s peace-treaty with Jordan, terrorists would cross Israel’s border and destroy miles of irrigation pipes, thousands of young olive and fruit trees, and plunder masses of fertilizers and seeds in an effort to sabotage agricultural development. Miles of telephone wires and telephone poles were destroyed in an attempt to cause the cessation of normal activity. Endeavoring to undermine Israel’s morale and to paralyze her economy more than 2,000 chickens were slaughtered on the festival of Purim, on the border of Moshav “Neshua,” near Lachish. The moshav’s poultry industry had been set up only four weeks before through a $ 50,000 investment from the Jewish Agency. The chickens were knifed, axed, beheaded, with heads yanked off, insides pulled out, and still others stomped on. The damage was estimated to be $ 20,000.
Little has been said, if anything at all, about the brutal murders of Israeli women and children, the bombing of civilian transit buses, the ambushing of school children’s buses, the placing of bombs in public waste-baskets, restaurants, supermarkets, department stores and even into letters. Since the Oslo Accords the Palestinians have acquired moreover guns and mortars, even smaller missiles, and large amounts of material for explosives “suicide-bombers”strap around their bodies in belts to explode in crowded areas within Israel’s cities. The tremendous grief and deep sorrow left behind in the wake of such terror is not a matter to be taken lightly in terms of international security, let alone humanitarian grounds.
YET THERE IS SOMETHING GRAVELY WRONG ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DISREGARD WHICH HAS SURROUNDED THESE MONSTRUOUS MURDERS.
The absence of any formal expression of sympathy contrasts painfully with such where Israeli life is not involved.
THERE HAS BEEN AN ELEMENT OF DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORLD’S REACTION TO ISRAEL’S SACRIFICES ON THE ONE HAND AND THOSE OF HER NEIGHBORS ON THE OTHER.
Media Impact of Dishonest Reporting and the Terror Equivalent – a Mistake
No other country has been so victimized internationally. Israel – besieged, boycotted, threatened, encircled – is subjected to murderous onslaught at every turn. One such murderous raid – to name just one example among many similar ones – was grossly called a “tremendous MISTAKE” by a senior Soviet Diplomat at the UN. Both the Soviet Diplomat and international reporters failed to call this killing a “murder,” or an “outrage” or “inhuman,” but a MISTAKE! The reporters explained: “Just when the Palestinians had the whole world on their side, when they finally had everyone’s sympathies – they made this MISTAKE!” The Soviet Diplomat added that “it is hard to understand what the PLO is aiming at and whether, in fact, it has any coherent policy.”
Barbaric, savage terror — the equivalent of a mistake?!
On March 9, 1988, terrorists seized a “Mothers’ Bus,” a special bus service of Beer-Sheva’s (capital of the Negev) nuclear plant for employees needing transportation to work after getting their children off to school. Victor Ram, a 39-year old laser engineer at the plant, who had begun using this bus after being widowed the summer before, stayed on the bus to let as many mothers escape as possible, helping them off. The terrorists took him and executed him. His 3-year old daughter and Nir, his 12-year old son, were now full orphans. A mother, Miriam, was shot dead in cold blood and eight other mothers wounded while one of them, Matza, was held hostage as interpreter with a rifle-barrel stuck to her chest. She couldn’t sleep nights for a long time after this nightmarish experience. And these murderers were referred to by BBC as Palestinian “guerillas,” as if they were fighting against a conventional army.
The use of the term “guerilla” is nothing less than unabashed manipulation of public opinion with subtle use of language. The fact is that these “guerillas” were nothing but murderous terrorists, men of lawlessness.
As a reader of the same “Jerusalem Post,” Dr. Marie Louise Henry of the German newspaper, DIE WELT, so rightly said in her letter: “…The worst thing (among Israel’s current problems) is the judgment passed by people who do not understand the circumstances. Only a few persons know that your very existence is in danger.”
Constant and relentless assaults upon Israel’s community and State, before, during and after her fight for independence have forced her, at the price of life itself, to develop a high degree of defensive preparedness. The evil Arab siege as manifested in the intense “intifada”/”uprising,” of 1987/1988, and the present one of 18 months smashes relentlessly against Israel’s patience, and makes a deplorable breach in her compassion and restraint. Under these circumstances, Israel’s unparalleled struggle for survival should arouse a more humble and compassionate international appraisal than it has.
America should recall the days of her 52 hostages in Iran and the more recent attack on her in New York and Washington on September 11th, 2001. The whole nation was united in patriotic vigils and a willingness even to go to war with Iran should the hostages suffer hurt in any way. And now the American people even support war against Iraq, the Al Quaida and fighting worldwide terrorism. Yet this situation still pales when compared with the hundreds of Israelis murdered without any echo of outrage among the nations60: Mothers of little children raped and murdered before their husbands and children; little children beheaded, their little bodies smashed against rocks, drowned and knifed and mutilated. Two reserve soldiers who accidentally took the wrong turn to their base lynched and mutilated beyond recognition. Yet no pictures of their tortured bodies appeared in the world press, nor shots of weeping mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, bridegroom and bride, on TV to announce to a stunned world the horrors Israel had just endured.
Michael d’Orleans, a leader of the French resistance of WW II, stated: “We fought like men against the German army…never murdered women and children… never attacked planes carrying innocent passengers. The Arabs’ is not a resistance movement. It is cowardice!”
Even Fidel Castro has stated, in another context: “Revolutionary movements do not see as their objective the annihilation of a people.”
General Burns of Canada, the Chief of Staff of the UN armistice machinery in the Middle East, said concerning terrorist attacks against Israel: “I felt that what Egyptians were doing in sending these men, whom they dignified with the name of ‘Fedayeen’ (martyrs) or ‘commandos’ into another country with the mission to attack men, women and children indiscriminately, was a war crime… essentially of the same character, though less in degree, as the offences for which the Nazi leaders had been tried in Nuremberg…” (“Between Arab and Israeli,” 1963, p. 88).
MURDER HAS NEVER BEEN EQUATED WITH “PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL SENTIMENT!”
Indeed, the Arabs have succeeded in driving a wedge between the Jewish State and her traditional Western friends. Unable to defeat Israel in warfare61, the Arabs have adopted a diversified and sophisticated political campaign to undermine Israel’s international standing.
0ne of the new tactics is that of elevating the “plight of the Palestinians.” As long as the struggle was portrayed as lying between Israel and the Arab world, sympathy went to Israel. It was enough to compare Israel’s sparse territory with the huge expanse of Arab lands in order to conclude that Arab nationalism did not have much to complain about. But when the conflict was presented as being between Israel and the Palestinians, the perspective changed. The substitution of the “Palestinians” for the “Arab” image thus had confusing effects: the courageous little “David” suddenly became an overbearing “Goliath,” and sympathies flowed from the victorious to the defeated.
As Jacques Soustelle, former Minister in the Government of France and member of the French Academy, states in his public service advertisement in the “Jerusalem Post” of March 11, 1988, p.22: “….the Jew deserves interest only if he is being beaten, humiliated and pursued. Ah, how one loves the Jews when the Holocaust and the Final Solution are evoked in order to put on, at little cost, a humanitarian face! But when the modern and proud Israeli… dares to defend himself, then the tone changes! The only role for the Jew is to be a victim! …Those responsible for the troubles in Gaza and Transjordan are pushing almost exclusively very young fanatical demonstrators and women into the front ranks of the riots, while they themselves stay prudently under cover. This is in order that the duly informed and misinformed ‘universal conscience’ be able to condemn the ‘repression’ in complete quietude…”
60 During the month of March suicide bombers and Palestinian Snipers killed over 400 Israelis, most of them women and children. Israel is less than 6 million, the United States is over 280 Million, so if the same ratio would have been killed in the United States it would have been over 20,000 American women and children killed, that would have made the September 11th attack mild in comparison [excerpt from a Jerry Golden “REPORT” of April 8th, 2002; PO Box 591, Bet Shemesh 99100 Israel, http://thegoldenreport.com;] A web site with informative, truthful articles by organizations and people of integrity may be found on the following web sites: www.homestead.com/PROPHECYCENTER/prophecycenter.html or
61The Yom Kippur war in 1973 demonstrated the continued military inferiority of the Arabs – not in matters of weaponry and manpower – and their need, as a last resort, to call upon international assistance to prevent a full-scale and devastating Israeli victory. October 22, 1973 recalls the day when the superpowers forced Israel to cease fighting, because there was no other way to avoid a total military defeat and a shameful political embarrassment to the Arab people. This was repeated once again in the Lebanon campaign when Israel, during her only war of aggression, on the verge of utterly crushing and dispersing the entrenched PLO, was immobilized by the superpowers and dragged into a military and economic catastrophe.
Western Ignorance of Arab Ideology
One major agitator in this uprising was Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian-American, whom I personally heard and met. In a meeting of November 1987 convened at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem to facilitate Israeli/Palestinian dialogue, he introduced himself as a Palestinian, an American, a Christian and foremost a PLO, all in the same breath. He advocated non-violent civil disobedience on a grassroot-level, which was to touch every area of civilian life between Israelis and Palestinians, and to bring all contact to a complete stop. Non-violent resistance (the absence of “weapons” duly impressed and lulled the audience) in every area of civil life was his proposed strategy, to utterly paralyze all efforts to establish any form of Israeli rule, order or authority over any Arab, whether in Israel or the territories. He also strongly advocated heavy participation of women and children in order to display the involvement of the entire Palestinian people, with lesser visibility of the leading personalities. The pre-dominantly non-Jewish, non-Israeli audience was subtly manipulated by a man who glazed over his implacable hatred of Israel with palatable tunes of “Christian love and forgiveness.” I felt deep apprehension about his potential danger and tried to confront him and unmask his deliberations in open questioning. But I was rudely interrupted by the meeting’s facilitator – a fellow-Jew and Israeli. This incident vividly illustrates the deep and painful chasm that divides Jew from Jew and Israeli from Israeli these days. “We did not know that this was going on …!”62 has been the standard excuse of countless Germans when confronted with the activities of the concentration camps. Did they really not know? One is almost inclined to believe this, when faced with the West’s unsurpassed ignorance of true Arab ideology so utterly foreign to Western thinking. Mubarak Awad knew how to use this ignorance to his advantage, thanks to his intimate aquaintance with Western thinking after having lived many years in the U.S. Most Western Christians are totally unaware that some of the most vicious Fatah terrorist leaders (like George Habash) are not Muslim but “Christian” Palestinians. Mubarak was/is? joined in his efforts by his brother, Bashara Awad, also a “Christian” and director of the Bethlehem Bible-College in Israel.
Friends, let me warn you of these men! Bashara Awad spoke in many major churches, denominational and non-denominational, throughout the United States, and was one of the main speakers at a major Christian rally in Washington. He and his brother Mubarak use the words “Christian love and forgiveness” liberally especially in reference to the death of their father, for which they blame the Israelis, in order to sway support and compassion away from Israel toward the Palestinians – with incredible success, I may add. Their quiet hatred for Israel is their most powerful motivating force, aided by their in-depth knowledge of what sways the West. (A third Awad brother has already been deported by Israeli authorities for his anti-Israel activities.) Their “Christian love and forgiveness” stance has so blinded the Western “brethren” that they no longer discern between right and wrong, good or evil in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thus, although Awad preaches non- violence, the Israeli soldiers were faced with children eight, nine or ten years old, hurling petrol bombs, katyusha rockets and hails of stones, accompanied by women shouting curses and insults, embarking in the same kind of aggression.
The Fate of pro-Israel Palestinian Collaborators
Israeli soldiers are trained to fight other soldiers in combat. They were utterly unprepared for the malicious confrontation of women and children pouring out against them in verbal and physical assault. Had our soldiers advanced to halt the rioting mob, the international press (allowed into the country due to Israel’s democratic standards) would have photographed Israeli soldiers “brutally mistreating innocent Palestinian women and children.” Yet the press failed to cover the preceding Palestinian provocation and assault when Israeli soldiers sustained injuries. The Israeli restraint increased the fervor of the “intifada,” because they interpreted it as the “coward” Israel retreating in fear before the heroic Palestinian martyrs and their courage. Curses and threats of slaughter filled the air. The presence of such a vast number of international press and their one-sided reporting exerted a powerful influence on the uprising, triggering off new riots even in villages formerly peaceful. More and more of the action appeared to be “staged” as a special “performance” for the press. And the press obliged with a concentration of the events in the territories and comparatively little coverage of the riots. A total imbalance was thus created with the world focusing on and fretting about the “territories.”
Never have I seen a more powerful example of overt manipulation of public opinion. While enjoying the hospitality of this democratic country, the journalists liberally and reprehensibly crucified it. This they could not do in any of the Arab countries, where press is censored and access to international press is limited and monitored.
Dear friends, with the wool pulled over our eyes that easily, WW III is lurking on the door steps, even the ghastly shadow of another Holocaust. And the U.S. leads in this unbalanced appraisal of the situation, forgetting the plight of her own soldiers who had to fight Vietnamese women and children. Thanks to the world opinion favoring the Palestinians, the “intifada” has gained in strength, momentum, barbarism and savagery, and exposes Israel to the deadly peril of paralysis.
Another group that suffers alongside Israel right now is that of the Palestinian urban workers. They are as yet a small segment of Arab society who constitute a class not particularly amenable to militancy against Israel. They lean toward a willingness to accommodate themselves to peaceful co-existence with Israel, benefitting from Israel’s modernity, advanced educational system, democratic freedom and social benefits. In the present uprising (as was also the case with the first intifada) they find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place as it were, being on the “wrong” side which ever way they turn: if they don’t cooperate with the demands of the PLO to participate in the riots, to stay away from their place of work in Israel, to resign from any work place with the Civil authorities and to keep their shops closed, they are threatened with the ravaging of their entire property, and with injury or death to themselves and family members.
Several East-Jerusalem merchants who opened their shops contrary to PLO orders issued over their radio station, lost all they had with their stores burnt to the ground. A prominent Arab leader and restaurant owner, Mohammed Ayed, of the village Kabatiya, was lynched for his cooperation with Israel, and hung naked by his feet atop a high utility pole. During this recent intifada such brutal lynching of “collaborators” became the norm, dragging them afterwards face down through the streets of their town or village to instill fear of even only thinking to live in peace with Israel.
But if they are eventually getting dragged into the uprising, after they tried to avoid it even by remaining near their place of work, sleeping there sometimes for weeks without returning home, they are liable to get arrested by the Israeli police or soldiers at some point of time, and jailed. Israeli reservists agonize over being sent into the territories and there confronted with one of their Palestinian workers, some of whom have become their friends. It is an all-pervading Israeli every-day paranoia, one of the powerful forces that has split Israel in half about the continuation of occupation in the territories. Compassion for the true plight of those Palestinian workers, Israel’s own desperate need for security to assure survival, and the inevitable consequences of PLO hate- and terror-indoctrination of those people, tears at the Israeli heart.
No one, NO ONE who is not himself part of this situation can judge what this is like. Israeli’s high humanitarian standards due to their religious ethics compels them with compassion toward those who innocently suffer in this drama like themselves, while the inescapable need to secure their survival against a vast host of enemies, determined to annihilate them, is equally compelling. Two gigantic forces highly charged with emotion clash, every day — right in Israeli hearts, compounded to almost unbearable degree by the world’s hostile anti-Israel stance. The division this has caused within our own ranks is the most painful of all.
Friends, I could go on and on. Nothing has changed, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, in the final goal of the Arabs. Only their tactics and strategies have changed. Even Anwar Sadat, the man hailed as a “Prince of peace” by the West, never had changed his mind about the ultimate Arab goal concerning Israel. He declared to the Egyptian people in a radio speech on the feast of the birthday of the prophet Mohammed on 25. April 1972: “As I have told you in the past, we must stand up in patience and quiet, the patience of the faithful and the quiet of one sure of himself. We must be patient and quiet, to prepare ourselves.” Then, in October of 1973, he led the advance against Israel on Yom Kippur, his “strategic genius” having conceived of the idea to attack Israel on her most solemn of holy days, when all of the population would be gathered in synagogues, weakened by the total fast, cut off from all information and transportation, since on Yom Kippur even radio and TV are silent and neither buses, trains nor planes move. It was the ONLY victory the Arabs achieved against Israel in that war, due to that particularly vicious aspect of surprise.
It was at the occasion of celebrating with great fanfare THIS only victory against Israel (following the peace-treaty with Israel in the Camp-David accords), at which Sadat was assassinated. Through treachery he sought to destroy Israel, and through treachery he was himself destroyed.
A careful reading of Isaiah 30:1-7, and 31:1-3, will reveal, how G-d regards this peace-treaty, and those who made it. First, the U.S. was brought to her knees in the sight of the whole world by an Iranian madman, and then President Carter was not re-elected. Prime Minister Menachem Begin literally stumbled, never to recover his health, and then his political career crashed suddenly like a break in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse63, while Sadat was killed. Together, all three perished permanently from the world political scene.
The West, whose culture is built on secular thinking and the quest for instant gratification, cannot fathom the calm fatalism inherent in the religious optimism of the Arab Muslims. That optimism justifies the retention of ambitions even though they remain far from realization.
Were Sadat or King Hussein “moderate” because they call for Israel’s elimination in stages and not in one violent thrust? Likewise Jordanian intentions toward Israel have never been appreciated for what they are. Even so mundane a thing as a TV weather chart betrays Jordan’s true position: non-recognition of Israel. For Jordan’s boundaries include “Palestine” up to the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and to Lebanon. There is no Israel on Jordan’s map. The West is just simply unable to perceive and appreciate the Arab mentality. This has led to an ever increasing error in appraising the situation, with Israel slipping into a precarious position64.
63 Isaiah 30:13 64 Zech. 1:8-15
The Palestinian National Covenant and Christian Passivity
To stress once more the unchanged attitude toward the ultimate goal, which is not the “liberation of the territories” but the “restoration of the land of Palestine to its people” and the ensuing annihilation of the Jewish nation (Israeli withdrawal from the territories is only one step toward the ultimate goal), I will list a few articles of the infamous Palestinian National Covenant, as amended in Cairo in July 1968 (to a yet fiercer and more radical stand).
Article 9) Armed struggle (i.e. terrorism) is the ONLY way to liberate Palestine and is therefore a strategy and not tactics. The Palestinian Arab people affirms its absolute resolution and abiding determination to pursue the armed struggle and to march forward toward the armed popular revolution, to liberate its homeland and return to it… (emphasis and remarks in parenthesis made by me).
“The armed popular revolution” signifies the participation of the entire people in the war against Israel, as is the case in the “intifada” uprising. The aim of annihilating the State of Israel and the “liberation” of all its territories ELIMINATES the possibility of a political solution.
Article 7) 0utlines the upbringing of Palestinians in an Arab and Revolutionary Fashion, preparing the child for the conflict and “armed struggle” against Israel, forging Palestinian Consciousness “by all means,” …which expresses itself in inconceivable outbursts of hatred as presently witnessed but not reported by the media.
Article 15) The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national duty to repulse the Zionist, Imperialist Invasion from the Great Arab Homeland, and to PURGE the ZIONIST PRESENCE from Palestine.
Article 18) Warfare against Israel is legal, wheras Israel’s self-defense is illegal.
Article 19) The Partitioning of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947 and The Establishment of Israel is fundamentally null and void, whatever time has elapsed, because it was contrary to the wish of the people of Palestine…
Article 20) The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate Document, etc., are considered null and void… Jews are not one people with an independent personality.
Fedayeen theory: since the Jews have no real nationalism, terror will cause their disintegration to the point that they will consent to relinquish Jewish statehood.
Egyptian Colonel Muhammad Safwat wrote in “Israel the Common Enemy,” p.233: “Always keep in mind, that Israel will disappear entirely out of existence if you do not make peace with her.” The conception that the Jews do not constitute a national entity is a vital principle for the Arab position.
Article 21) Palestinians, expressing themselves through the armed revolution (murdering defenseless, innocent civilians, whether men or women, child, young or old) reject EVERY solution that is a substitute for a COMPLETE LIBERATION65 (i.e. annihilation).
Article 22) Zionism is a political movement organically related to world imperialism and hostile to all movements of liberation and progress in the world. It is racist and fanatical in its formation; aggressive, expansionist and colonialist in its aims; and fascist and Nazi in its means. Israel is the tool of the Zionist movement and a human and geographical base for world imperialism.
Articles 9 and 11) ONLY the Palestinians possess the RIGHT of self-determination and the entire country belongs to them.
Friends, although I have covered only briefly the origin, history and true depth of this conflict, I believe I have given you enough information to be able to come to this one realization: the Arabs neither seek nor wish peaceful co-existence with Israel, and no amount of sacrifice on Israel’s part will change this. And if you, my friends, do not discern the Satanic forces frantically opposing the will of G-d, and instead become partners in this devilish scheme, you will be drawn into a devastating maelstrom without remedy, and you will share in the judgment upon the nations who harassed, opposed, persecuted and oppressed the “armies of the Living G-d.” Neither church-membership, certificate of baptism, born-again experience, nor baptism with the Holy Spirit will avail.
For indeed, “… who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the Living God?” And [the house of] David [shall] answer(ed) the Philistine (Palestinian Arafat), “You come to us with terror, with suicide bombers, mortars and international pressure, but we come to you in the Name of the L-RD of hosts, the G-d of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. …the L-RD will deliver you into our hands, and we will strike you down, and cut off your head [Arafat]; and we will give the dead bodies of the host of the Palestinians that day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a G-d in Israel, and that all of Israel may know that the L-RD saves not with tanks and missiles; for the battle is the L-RD’s and He will give the PA into our hands!”
Remember Yeshua’s words: “He who is not for Me is against Me,” and “He who does not gather with Me, scatters.”66 Your inertia, passivity and indifference would come under the criterion of this Judgment67.
Let me encourage you to read the account of the battle of Israel with Amalek in Exodus 17:8-16, and Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 25:17-19. For the L-RD has war with Amalek from generation to generation, and to this purpose commanded a memorial to be written. He also commanded the House of Israel NEVER TO FORGET what Amalek did to them. Indeed, every generation of our people has encountered an “Amalek,” Hitler being the most recent, followed by Nasser, the PLO and the Arab League. Because King Saul did not obey G-d’s command to utterly blot out Amalek from under heaven, G-d rejected him from being king over Israel.
And shall you rule with Messiah from Jerusalem, while making common cause with “Amalek” by supporting his devious aims with your passivity and indifference?
Friends, do NOT SIDE WITH AMALEK! Let Saul be a warning to you! For though he was loved, chosen and anointed, he was ultimately rejected on account of Amalek!68 Rather, follow and imitate the example of Aaron and Hur, and uphold and support Israel in her struggle against “Amalek.” As Moses’ arms grew weary so also Israel grows weary at times in this incessant battle for survival. But Israel prevailed when Aaron and Hur upheld the arms of the Servant of G-d.
Remember also Balaam who enraged G-d by going over to Balak, king of Moab (king of Jordan?) Even now the Arab League nations and the PLO say: “Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty (militarily) for me; perhaps I shall be able to defeat them nd drive them from the land…” Balaam’s donkey was more discerning than he, seeing the Angel of the L-RD came to withstand Balaam, because his was was perverse before G-d69.
Beware my friends that it does not happen to you as it did to Balaam, whom G-d eventually dismissed to follow his own heart. For the promised treasure (comparable to today’s oil) Balaam was willing to curse Israel, yet ended up blessing her even against his will. But he himself died the death of the wicked, executed upon him by Israel’s sword70.
Beloved, may the Spirit of G-d open the eyes of your understanding, for you to perceive the role and place of Israel in the plan of G-d. And may you be “… like streams of water in a dry place to them, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land” (Isaiah 32:1-2).
And know that you are doing the will of G-d and are pleasing and glorifying Him!
In His steadfast love,
and everlasting Salvation in Yeshua the Messiah,
66 Mt l2:30; Lk 11:23 67 see Obaidah 68 1 Sa 9-11; 15:1-23 69 Numbers 22:21-33 70 Joshua 13:22 P.S. Some of the information and quotes gathered in this Special Edition were taken from: “THE ARAB-ISRELI CONFLICT: MYTHS AND FACTS,” by Judd L. Teller, a pamphlet published by B’nai Brith Anti-Defamation League. “THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: A POLITICAL GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED,” by Mordechai Nisan; “MY COUNTRY,” by Abba Evan, before the Security Council of the UN on November 12, 1953; “ATTITUDES TOWARD JEWISH STATEHOOD IN THE ARAB WORLD,” edited by Gil Carl AlRoy; Middle East Area Studies – Series IV; American Academic Association for Peace in the Middle East. “Who really created the Middle East Refugee Problem?” Arabs who should know speak out – a pamphlet. “THE ENCYCLOPEDIA JUDAICA.” These books list their own bibliographies, which are most useful for further study and broadening the understanding on this subject.