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The Question of Palestine

Written by Israel Ambassador Prosor. Posted in Israel

Israeli Ambassador Prosor addressing the UNGA on the question of Palestine, (shortened).

To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse,” I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity; I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State.

Mr President, I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside. The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity.

The result isn’t realpolitik, its surreal politik. The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bab, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month. How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis? And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life? Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.

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The Question of Palestine

Written by Prosor. Posted in Israel

Israeli Ambassador Prosor addressing the UNGA on the question of Palestine, (shortened). -

To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.” I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity, I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State.

Mr President, I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. “I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside. The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity.

The result isn’t realpolitik, its surreal politik. The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bab, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month. How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis? And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life? Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.

I stand before you to speak the truth. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than half a per cent are truly free - and they are all citizens of Israel. Israeli Arabs are “some of the most educated Arabs in the world. They are our leading physicians and surgeons, they are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court. Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms. Nonetheless, nation after nation, will stand at this podium today and criticise Israel, - the small island of democracy in a region plagued by tyranny and oppression.

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Who Are The Palestinians?

Written by Speedy. Posted in Israel

Actually, the ancient Philistines & modern Palastinians have something in common. Both are invaders from other lands.

The Philistines were a confederation of non-semitic peoples coming from Crete, the Aegean Islands and Asia Minor, also known as “Sea Peoples.”

The main tribes were Tzekelesh, Shardana, Akhaiusha, Danauna, Tzakara, Masa, Meshwesh, Lukki, Dardana, Tursha, Keshesh, Karkisha, Labu and Irven.

The original homeland of the group that ruled the Philistine Federation, namely the “Pelesati,” was the land of Crete.

When the Minoic civilization collapsed, the Minoic culture also disappeared from Crete, as invaders from Greece took control of the Island. These ancient Cretans arrived in Southern Canaan and were known as “Pelestim” and “Keretim” by Hebrews and Canaanites.

Their first settlement was in Gaa, whose original name was “Minoah,” a clear reference to the fallen Minoic Kingdom.

They also invaded Egypt and were defeated by Pharaoh Ramose III in the 12th Century BC.

The Philistines were organised in city-States, being the most important the Pentapolis: Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron and their territories were close to the Mediterranean Coast a little longer and broader than the present-day “Gaza Strip.” Not all Judea; they never reached Hevron, Yerushalime or Jericho!

These Sea Peoples were expelled towards other Mediterranean Lands and did not evolve into any Arab people, but disappeared as distinguishable groups in Roman times.

The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek Localities. They did not speak Arabic and Islam was NOT founded yet by Muhammad. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs.

Those dwelling in Canaan were defeated by King David and reduced to insignificance, the best warriors among them were chosen as David’s bodyguard.

The remaining Philistines still dwelling in Gaza were subdued by Sargon II of Assyria and after that time, they disappeared definitively from history.

From the fifth Century BC, following the historian Herodotus, Greeks called the Eastern Coast of the Mediterranean “The Philistine Syria” using the Greek language form of the name.

In 135 AD, after putting down the Bar Kochba Revolt, the second major Jewish revolt against Rome, the Emperor Hadrian wanted to blot out the name of the Roman “Provincia Judea” and so renamed it “Provincia Syria Palaestina.”

The Latin version of the Greek name and the first use of the name as an administrative unit, the name “Provincia Syria Palaestina” was later shortened to Palestina, from which the modern, anglicised “Palestine” is derived.

Palestine became three Palastines and they persisted unto the Seventh Century the time of the Muslim conquests. The Christian Crusaders employed the word Palestine to refer to the general region of the “Three Palestines.”

After the fall of the Crusader Kingdom, Palestine was no longer an official designation. The name, however, continued to be used informally for the land on both sides of the Jordan River.

 

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Israel, Why the Nation & Land are So Important in the Lives of Those who Want to be with Jesus Christ

Written by Ivor Thomas. Posted in Israel

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The vast majority of THE BIBLE is connected with the people and land of Israel.

How important is Israel in God’s purpose?

Jesus Christ gives an important guide when he says:

a. “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel,” (Matthew 15:24).

b. Commanding his apostles, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, But go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel,” (Matthew 10:5, 6).

The main focus of the teaching of Jesus and his apostles was directed to the people of Israel. The ONLY person specially commissioned by Jesus Christ to preach to the Gentiles, was Paul, (Acts 9:1-15).

 Now, why are the Jews and their land so important?

God provides the answer in Exodus 4:22, where Moses is told, “Say unto Pharoah, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn.”

Deuteronomy 14:1, 2, “Ye are the children of the LORD your God. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations of the earth.”

The people of Israel are called by God’s name, (2 Chronicles 7:14, Daniel 9:19). ‘El’ means ‘God.’

God is a God of love, so naturally he would chastise them if they were disobedient, (Hebrews 12:5-7).

They were forewarned in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 to 30 what the various punishments would be. Deuteronomy 28:37, “And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whether the LORD shall lead thee,” V. 64, 65. “And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt about thee.”

However, In Deuteronomy 30:4, 5 we read of God’s ultimate mercy. “If any of thine be driven out unto the utmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee, And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shat possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.”

The same is promised in Leviticus 26, after the various warnings and punishments are given, v.44. “And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them, for I am the LORD their God.”

The history of Israel has shown the goodness and severity of God and demonstrates why in Isaiah 43:3, God says, “For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.” Then in v21, “This people have I formed for myself: they shall shew forth my praise.” It would come as no surprise that God then says in Isaiah 44:8, “ye are my witnesses.”

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The Qur'an ensures peace in the Middle East is IMPOSSIBLE.

Written by Ivor Thomas. Posted in Israel

THE QUR’AN ensures peace in the Middle East is IMPOSSIBLE.

WHY?

Because of the COMMAND in the Qur’an!

“O ye who believe!  Take not the Jews and the

Christians for your friends and protectors:”  (Sura 5:51)

The fundamental problem in the Middle East is that Islam is based on animosity towards the Jews.

The fact that Jesus Christ, a Jew, said that “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22), automatically brought Christianity into the Jewish camp.

America, which is probably the most powerful and influential nation on earth, is predominantly Christian, with a notable Jewish community.  This explains why it is considered ‘The Satan’ or arch enemy of Islamic countries.

If we consider the command in the Qur’an, that Jews and Christians are not to be considered as friends or protectors, we can begin to appreciate why there is so much turmoil in the Middle East.

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Israel's Sufferings & Her Glorious Future Foretold

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in Israel

That the people of Israel have suffered is one of those incontrovertible facts of history.  The nation was born out of suffering.  Abraham, the father of the nation, was told that his offspring would experience a period of travail for 400 years,(Genesis 15:13), which culminated in their oppression by Egyptian taskmasters.  And it was in answer to their cry for help in this desperate situation that God sent Moses to lead them out of that land of bondage, from which they eventually emerged as the newly born nation of Israel 3,500 years ago.

And this great deliverance was to be recalled and remembered as a vital part of their history, as it has been until the present day, in their annual Passover celebrations.

Their history since that time has been frequently punctuated by periods of trouble and suffering, of which the destruction of the city and captivity of the people by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and the Romans stand out as particularly dramatic episodes, and more recently of course the European Holocaust.

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