This installment of On the Money with Peter Hebert is entitled, “‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.”
On November 29, the United Nations voted 138 in favor, with 41 abstentions, and with 9 opposed to granting the Palestinians non-member observer status in the United Nations.
Full Speech: Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, “Sixty five years to the day after the UN voted for the partition of Mandatory Palestine – a move the Jews accepted and the Arabs rejected — the same body overwhelmingly voted Thursday to grant the Palestinian delegation there the upgraded status of non-member observer state.” Haaretez reported on the increasing isolation of Israel as more E.U. states express support for Thursday’s Palestinian bid at the UN, and this … “A pilot for Israel’s biometric database will begin in January 2013, thanks to a directive that was passed by the Knesset on Wednesday, which includes biometric means of identification and biometric identification data in identification documents and databases.”
This is not a black or white issue, which is how those mesmerized by propaganda understand the middle east. Every varied aspect of this issue is remarkably divisive, emotional, and explosive. The Arab Israeli conflict will result in two states for two peoples if and when the United States and the United Nations have their way on the region. But, is this fair and reasonable given that the notion of a greater Israel that embraces Palestinian Arabs is not part of any dominant narrative.
The United States, however, voted against the right of the Palestinians having non-member observer status in the United Nations. The United States stated the need for “direct talks without preconditions.” How can direct talks without preconditions take place when Hamas is deemed a terrorist organization, which it is; and the division of Jerusalem and the right of return are no starters? The delay tactics used by the United States and Israel have thus far resulted in a No State Solution.
The No State Solution
The Jews for Peace seek to provide alternate viewpoints to those put forward by the Jewish Defense League, the Zionist Organization of America, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. This is refreshing given that though the FBI deemed the founder of Jewish Defense League Meir Kahane a terrorist, his assassination was viewed by some Jews as kiddush ha shem – martyrdom that is an honor to God. That leaves American Israel Public Affairs Committee as the primary shaper of public perception of Israel on Capitol Hill that results in the one sided narrative that provokes hostility around the world directed towards the United States. Of course, the perception management challenge is different from the bought and paid for political whores in America who see Tel Aviv rather than Main Street as the road to Congress and The White House.
Israel and Palestine, an animated introduction.
Institutional discrimination, according to many, makes Israel an apartheid state.
Palestinian supporters put out a music video in Spring 2011 amidst Freedom Flotillas to Gaza.
The British classic rock group Pink Floyd lent their solidarity for the Palestinians.
Not all Jews are Zionists. Zionism is not Judaism. Some Jews opposes Israel on the basis of their understanding of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament.
But, what about self defense? What was Operation Pillar of Defense all about?
Due to the perceptions and resulting understanding of unfair play, Jewish activists tend to be in the forefront of divestment and boycotts of goods from the West Bank, like the Dead Sea, that are falsely labeled “made in Israel. Consider Medea Benjamin of CODE Pink.
CodePink Protest Products Made in Occupied Territories
The harshest, and most cogent critics of Israeli policies and the politics of Zionism are Jews, not anti-Semites or neo-Nazis.
The real anti-Semites are Jews, not for being critical, but for destroying the careers of other Jews as was the case when Alan Dershowitz destroyed Norm Finkelstein’s reputation and career in academia. Other hard core zionists have played pile on and falsely accused Finkelstein of being a self-hating Jew and a Holocaust denier. When it comes to Zionism and Israeli policy, it is not about scholarship, but dominating the narrative regardless of who gets thrown under the bus. How many today recall Albert Einstein’s concerns on Zionists in Israel doing to the Arabs what Nazis did to the Jews?
Where do we draw the line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism … or the new anti semitism and the real anti semitism?
Here Wolf Blitzer of CNN and the Council on Foreign Relations is rebutted by Norm Finkelstein
Political zionism, as described by Wolf Blitzer, is the Jewish liberation and national movement. To those of faith, however, Israel represents much more.
Christian Zionists and Jewish Zionists confuse the State of Israel with the Kingdom of God. But, they are not the same. What Blitzer did not mention is the unique role of the Jewish people among the nations as recorded throughout the Bible, which they have yet to fully embrace.
“‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ saith the Lord of hosts …. ” (Zechariah 4:6) “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force ….” (Matthew 11:12) My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting ….” (John 18:36)
Are all Palestinian Arabs members or supporters of Hamas or Islamic jihad? Unlikely. But, that extremist threat is there.
What about Islam and the jihadist agenda? “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah” – Hamas music video
In any scenario where tensions run white hot, wide spread blood shed must follow. This is the lesson of all run ups to past wars. The false peace of a two state “solution” will end in a final solution for many parties. We’re on the eve of false hopes for peace followed by a regional war that becomes global leading to Armageddon. The world will be in elation when they are cheering, “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace. Under inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, the Apostle Paul foresaw what was coming to the Jewish people and cogently warned,
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
All of the Hebrew prophets of the Old Testament, and Jesus Christ and the Apostles of the New Testament speak to this. Yes, we’re on the eve of the real apocalypse. The children of Abraham, as recorded in Genesis, are the closing act for civilization as we know it, and the tragic account is scattered across the Bible as well as the last book … Revelation.
Consider Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38. In verses 6 through 8 of Psalm 83, the names of the tribes in coalition seeking to destroy Israel are mentioned. Who are they? These are the Edomites, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, the Philistines, Tyre, and Assyria. The Edomites are the descendants of Esau, the fraternal twin of Jacob, and they lead this confederation. The Ishmaelites are the Arabs, who descend from Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, who was born to Hagar. Who else is coming with these Arab people groups against Israel? Ezekiel 38 says this in verses 3 through 5: “Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. … Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, … Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.” All of these names from the Bible are rooted in Genesis, and important in understanding the prophecies given that Jesus Christ said that the prophecies in the Law (the books of Moses), the Prophets, and the Psalms all must be fulfilled.
In 70 A.D., this prophetic warning from Jesus Christ was fulfilled, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the nations, until the times of the nations be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24). History will repeat itself. Israel is not going to disappear, but two-thirds will suffer the “final solution” before the return of Jesus Christ according to Zechariah, who also describes the displacement of half of Jerusalem – perhaps due to the city being divided to give way for Palestinians. The whore of Babylon, drunk and riding on the back of the beast, will be cast off. So says John the apostle in Revelation 17:16. The text says, “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” Who are these ten horns, or powers? It seems that they may indeed be the immediate surrounding Muslim Arab nations: the Edomites, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, the Philistines, Tyre, and Assyria that are described in Psalm 83 with some help from political and military allies Gog (Russia), Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer (central Turks), and Togarmah (Turkey) described in Ezekiel 38. Only a remnant will survive. Future generations will ask, Was it worth it? Their resounding answer will be no given that Zechariah describes parents killing their own children, who grow up to become false prophets (misguided leaders).